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Ocean Ridge: Publisher takes on finance specialist for Town Commission

    These candidates are competing for a three-year term on the Ocean Ridge Town Commission.

RESULTS (unofficial):

Allison: 44.44% | 356 votes

Coz: 55.56% | 445 votes

Lynn Allison (incumbent)
Age: Did not disclose
Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology, American University; master’s degree in social work, Howard University; Ph.D. in administrative management, Walden University
Marital Status: Married, three children
Employment: President and founder, International Enterprise Development Inc. — performs economic development in the field of micro financing
Political/Community Service Experience: Town commissioner of Ocean Ridge for the last 12 years, elected four times
Important Issues: Stormwater management, infrastructure, increasing the town’s reserves, maintaining the current property tax rate, construction of pedestrian crosswalks, town signage upgrades
Quote: “Right now we want to maintain Old Ocean Boulevard as a two-way street, despite the desire for those in the town to make it one-way. We also want to maintain our beaches and minimize bad behavior at those beaches by increasing police protection.”

Steve Coz
Age: 58
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, Harvard University; postgraduate study at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
Marital Status: Married, three children
Employment: President of Coz Media Group, a publishing company
Political/Community Service Experience: President, Ocean Ridge Dunes Preservation Society; member, Board of Adjustments; member, Planning and Zoning Commission; honored by Time magazine as one of 25 most-influential Americans of 1997
Important Issues: Overdevelopment, increased population, traffic safety, fire rescue, beach preservation
Quote: “I’ve been a resident of Ocean Ridge since 1985 and an active participant in town meetings since 2006. My overriding issue is preserving Ocean Ridge’s quality of life. We have tremendous population pressures over the bridge with Boynton Beach, which has flat-out said they want to develop that entire corridor along the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway with housing, condos, etc. That puts tremendous pressure on Ocean Ridge’s infrastructure, including its traffic and its lifestyle. It creates a safety issue for the town. That’s something that needs a long-range plan put in place for how Ocean Ridge is going to deal with that population pressure.”

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