By Mary Thurwachter

Since their last appointment to the Planning Commission didn’t last long, Lantana Town Council members made a new selection at their Feb. 12 meeting. They chose Edward Shropshire, a former council member and an alternate on the Planning Commission.

Shropshire fills the vacancy left by Veronica Cobb, the former general manager of The Carlisle Palm Beach, who was appointed on Sept. 11 but resigned less than two months later for personal reasons. Shropshire’s term ends Sept. 30, 2026.

His appointment created an opening for an alternate on the commission, which the council filled with Annemarie Joyce, a former small business owner and vice president of the View Street homeowner association. Her term ends Dec. 14, though she can be re-considered for a full term then.

While in the past few residents applied to be on the commission, seats have become more sought after in the past year. Other applicants for the two positions included Stephanie Forman, Chad Lamar and Casetra Thompson. Lamar and Thompson did not attend the meeting.

Council member Kem Mason, who nominated Shropshire, said it has been traditional for alternate members to be promoted when there is a vacancy.

Council member Mark Zeitler, who nominated Joyce, said he preferred to see representation from all parts of town and has always wanted someone who lived north of Lantana Road. Joyce, who regularly attends Town Council meetings, resides at View Street, a mobile home court south of the Moorings and north of Lantana Road.

Vice Mayor Lynn (Doc) Moorhouse said he wished both Joyce and Forman could be chosen.

“Being a part of the town and coming to meetings is very important, at least it is to me,” Mason said to Joyce and Forman, who each made a pitch on why they wanted to be appointed as alternates. “You show your commitment by showing up.”

Other members of the Planning Commission are Joe Farrell, Michelle Donahue, Rosemary Mouring and Lyn Tate. Jorge (George) Velazquez is an alternate.

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