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Scott appointed to fill vacant commission spot

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA
Published May 1, 2005


INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Former Commissioner Jean Scott is again sitting at the commission dais.

She was appointed Tuesday to fill a vacant seat on the Indian Rocks Beach Commission, created when Vice Mayor Bill Ockunzzi automatically became mayor following the resignation of longtime Mayor Bob DiNicola.

Ockunzzi was formally sworn into his new post as mayor Tuesday, while Commissioner Jim Palamara was named vice mayor. Ockunzzi and Scott will serve until the next election in March. If Ockunzzi does not run for the mayoral post, he will automatically resume his commission seat for the balance of a two-year term that started this year.

Scott was one of seven candidates who applied for the commission vacancy. By Tuesday, that list had dropped to six with the withdrawal of real estate investor Lampros Harocopos. Other candidates included Jose L. Coppen, Kurt Gratzol, Patricia Muneio, Janet Ward and Victor Wood.

"I have always been very interested in the community. I'd like to be back at the podium with you," Scott told the commission.

Scott served as an Indian Rocks Beach city commissioner from 1994 to 2000. She was also a member of the city's parks and recreation and charter review committees.

In the past few years, she has been active in various community groups.

Scott is a Realtor with Tong Realty and manages her own investment properties.

[Last modified April 30, 2005, 23:59:18]


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