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Along the Coast: Elections on Tap; most coastal towns have no disputed seats

Municipal elections will be held in a number of towns and cities in Palm Beach County on March 12. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Town or city clerks can provide answers to any election-related questions.

Briny Breezes

There is no election in Briny Breezes, where three incumbents — Mayor Roger Bennett and Aldermen Sue Thaler and Karen Wiggins — are unopposed. Bennett will serve a one-year term and Thaler and Wiggins, who had both been appointed to fill unexpired terms, will serve two-year terms. 

Gulf Stream

There will not be a municipal election in the town of Gulf Stream, where Tom Stanley and Robert Ganger are unopposed to complete the three-year terms to which they were recently appointed and which expire next year. 


Although three commission candidates and one mayoral candidate were elected without opposition, residents will be going to the polls on March 12 to vote on an amendment to the town charter. If approved, the amendment would limit elected officials to serving a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms in one office and four consecutive two-year terms in a combination of commissioner and mayor. Currently there are no term limits. The limits, if approved, would apply retroactively to all sitting elected officials.

Elected without opposition were: David Cheifetz, mayor; Peter Isaac, Seat 1; Chauncey Johnston, Seat 3; and Tom Thornton, Seat 5.

Ocean Ridge

There will not be an election in Ocean Ridge. Incumbent Dr. Lynn Allison ran unopposed and will serve a three-year term on the Town Commission.

South Palm Beach

Three incumbents ran unopposed in the town of South Palm Beach, eliminating the need for an election. Mayor Donald Clayman and council members Bonnie Fischer and Joseph Flagello will each serve two-year terms.

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