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Brown named Mayor, Duncan Vice Mayor for Longboat Key

Mayor Jim Brown and Vice-Mayor Jack Duncan

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

Jim Brown was chosen by his fellow Commissioners on Monday evening to serve as the Mayor of Longboat Key for another year. He was nominated by Commissioner Jack Duncan who cited Brown as allowing all opinions to be heard and making the job of being a Commissioner an easier one for all members of the board. With no other nominees Brown won the seat by universal acclamation.

“Stuck again, eh?” Brown jested after the accepting the role.

This marks Brown’s fourth consecutive term as Mayor for Longboat Key and he will serve in the role through the last year of his final and sixth year on the Commission ­– he will be term limited out in March 2015.

Next, Duncan was named Vice Mayor securing four votes. Although Duncan was nominated, it was a three-way split vote in which he prevailed with four votes. The vote order went: Commissioner Lynn Larson opened the Vice Mayor vote by nominating fellow Commissioner Phill Younger. Next, Commissioner Terry Gans nominated Commissioner Pat Zunz. Zunz then voter for herself. Younger, instead of voting for himself, nominated Jack Duncan. The vote then came to Duncan, who paused and then voted for himself. That vote was followed by a vote for Duncan from Irwin Pastor and then another and final vote for Duncan from Mayor Jim Brown.

Both Brown and Duncan will serve one-year terms.

Brenner and his wife, Maggie.

Prior to the Mayoral and Vice Mayoral vote, the newly elected Commissioners were sworn in. Gans, who ran for the District 3 seat, and Pastor, who ran for the at-large seat rose to their respective seats on the Commission. Pastor sat on the far right next to the Town Attorney in the seat vacated by Gans who decided to run in and won the District 3 seat. That seat was vacated by Vice Mayor Dave Brenner, who stepped down Monday evening after four years on the Commission.

Brenner was honored in words by the Commissioners who each in turn praised his hard work and dedication to the Town.

“Anything you asked him to do he did it in spades; I am going to miss him,” said Mayor Brown.

Younger said he was sorry to see Brenner leave the board.

Duncan added that there was not “a finer commissioner up here” and that Brenner was “definitely the hardest working Commissioner.”

Pastor, Larson, Zunz and Gans sworn in for another term

Three Commissioners, including Larson and Duncan, said it was Brenner who recruited them to run for office.

“It took about four lunches to cinch the idea,” joked Duncan.

Brenner said introducing the current owners of the Key Club to the previous owners, Loeb Partners Realty, was something he felt was significant as was his keeping the Publix officials and Publix redevelopment project on the front burner. Brenner also said the department evaluations and the Urban Land Institute study were undertakings he was most proud to be a part of and play a role in accomplishing.

Mayor Jim Brown presented Brenner a plaque and he was given flowers for his service before he sat beside his wife, Maggie, in the audience. Scroll down for additional photos.

Pastor, Larson, Younger, Brown, Duncan, Zunz, Gans

Lynn and her visiting grandchildren Zoe, Zora and Zander Ramsey

Scott Pastor with his parents, Sylvia and newly-elected Irwin Pastor

Gans and Pastor.

Assistant Susan Phillips corrals the Commissioners for a photo moment.

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