Unofficial results. For official count, visit: https://enr.electionsfl.org/PAL/Summary/2697/
Ocean Ridge voters made a strong statement in the Florida Primary Election on Aug. 18 that they like their town’s Police Department and aren’t in the market for mergers with outside agencies.
By an overwhelming margin, 87 percent to 13 percent, voters approved a charter amendment that makes it considerably more difficult to change the department’s independent makeup.
The new law requires a ballot referendum to approve a merger, and it also requires a four-vote supermajority of the Town Commission to put the issue on the ballot in the first place.
“I’m delighted,” said Ocean Ridge Mayor Kristine de Haseth. “I totally support the voters having a voice in what happens to their Police Department.”
Turnout was relatively high as 567 residents voted, or 34 percent, compared with 26.5 percent overall in Palm Beach County.
— Dan Moffett