Highland Beach: Close vote returns incumbent

Highland Beach Town Clerk Beverly Brown swears in Commissioner Dennis  J. Sheridan

during a special commission meeting March 12.

Kurtis Boggs/The Coastal Star 

By Rich Pollack

    Incumbent Highland Beach Town Commissioner Dennis Sheridan narrowly defeated political newcomer Rhoda Zelniker, winning by just 18 votes in an election in which close to 1,000 ballots were cast. 

    Of the 3,404 registered voters in Highland Beach, 975 ballots were cast — a 29 percent voter turnout.

    “This was a well-fought election on both sides,” said Sheridan, who garnered 495 votes to Zelniker’s 477.

    Now entering his second three-year term, Sheridan has been a strong supporter of the $850,000 renovation of Town Hall as well as the purchase or lease of a new ladder truck to replace the town’s existing fire truck, which he says is 18 years old and functionally obsolete.

    “I am very appreciative of the voters who had the faith and trust to elect me for another three-year term,” Sheridan said. “Although Rhoda is new to town government, she has a great interest in protecting our beaches and shores and our environment and I commend her for that.” 

    Also sworn in last month for another three-year term was Mayor Bernard Featherman, who was unopposed.

 

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