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Lido resident Carl Shoffstall is running for Sarasota City Commission as an At-Large
candidate and says he is concerned with the pace of the tremendous changes in the City and he wants to make sure that it develops in a way that will enhance the arts, the parks as well as property values. His main concerns are traffic, beach maintenance and a need for better and more proactive planning by the City.
Shoffstall is currently President of the Lido Key Homeowner’s Association and has helped run the organization as it campaigned for a beach maintenance program that provided relief for a massively eroded shoreline. The group helped raise $700,000 toward the project.
Shoffstall has lived in Sarasota for more than 20 years where he owns a commercial pool and spa company, along with his wife Cindy, whom he met in Bloomsburg University where he studied Earth Science and played football.
Like most residents, the manner in which Shoffstall moved to the area resonates: “Cindy and I vacationed here decades ago and fell in love with the area.”
So far, five candidates have filed to run for two City At-Large seats on the Sarasota Commission. One seat is being vacated by Commissioner Hagen Brody who is seeking broader political horizons on the Sarasota County Commission.
The other At-Large seat is held by Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch and she is seeking re-election.
The other candidates in addition to Shoffstall and Ahearn-Koch are Sheldon Rich, Terrill L. Salem and Debbie Trice.
Qualifying for placement on the ballot opens on June 13 and runs until 12 noon on June 17. To qualify, candidates must submit a petition with at least 25 voters who live in the City. Candidates must also pay one percent of the annual commission salary as a non-refundable fee. The annual salary is $28,149 and the fee is $281.49.
The election is scheduled for Aug. 23. The three candidates with the most votes in August advance to the General Election in November in which the top two will be elected commissioners.