Highland Beach: Charter changes will be on ballot

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Question: Yes - 392, No - 263    

Highland Beach voters will be asked whether to make seven minor revisions to the town charter when they go to the polls on March 12.
    The most significant change would make private beaches subject to the town law that prohibits littering. Public beaches and all other properties are subject to the law now.
    Another change would clarify that the Town Commission has authority to fire the police chief and town clerk. The charter already gives the commission authority to hire the employees, but doesn’t say who has authority to fire them.
    Voters will be asked to clarify but not change term limits. An elected official can currently serve a maximum of two, three-year terms as mayor, vice mayor and commissioner.
    Another clarification would remove charter language that gives commissioners the ability to work for the town. City Clerk Beverly Brown said that provision has been in the charter since before the town hired employees and commissioners were required to divide up the work to do themselves.    
In Boca Raton, no commssioners’ terms are up, so there will be no election.    
— Tim Pallesen

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