Key dates loom for Longboat candidates and voters

Associate Publisher

A group of six Longboat Key residents are vying for three seats in the upcoming Longboat Key town commission election.

Although Longboat Key is broken into five voting districts for representation, all residents vote for all candidates. In District 3, Planning and Zoning Board Vice Chair Ken Schneier is running against John Weber. In District 5, current Vice Mayor Ed Zunz is opposing Randy Langley who seeks his seat, and in the At-Large District seat, current Commissioner Irwin Pastor is facing Jack Wilson.

For voters, the most apparent issue that has emerged in the last year appears to be issues of development, redevelopment, and what size and scope the future Longboat Key should evolve into.

The recent hearings regarding the redevelopment of the Colony have brought groups that are opposed to changing any codes to allow increased development to the fore.

Other issues are ever-present including strategies for beach renourishment and erosion management as well as traffic and the evolution of a semi-planned town center.

Key dates voters should be aware of include Feb. 14, which is when vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out. Early voting will be held the week of March 12-16, and the formal Election Day is March 20.

Recent elections have seen about one-third of the voters cast ballots by mail, about one-third in early voting and the final third on election day.

Longboat Key News will feature increasing election coverage in the upcoming weeks.

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