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Four Pinellas municipalities will cast their ballots today

Voters will choose their local leaders and decide how their respective communities should be run.

By AMY WIMMER and ANNE LINDBERG

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 7, 2000


Today is election day for four Pinellas municipalities, and voters will choose from charter changes to a beach city mayor.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Treasure Island, incumbent Mayor Leon Atkinson is defending his seat against Alan Bildz, a political newcomer, and Allan Sansotta, the one-term District 4 commissioner who is giving up that post to run for mayor.

Voters in Treasure Island's District 4, which includes residents of Sunset and Sunshine beaches and some residential and commercial development along Gulf Boulevard, will choose Barbara Blush or Donald Callahan to replace Sansotta. Voters in District 2, which includes the Isle of Palms and a portion of the Gulf Boulevard commercial district, will choose between incumbent one-term Commissioner Irving "Butch" Ellsworth Jr. and John Hadsall.

Treasure Island voters also have an opportunity to decide on eight proposed amendments to the city charter. The polling site for all districts is the Treasure Island Community Center at 1 Park Place.

South Pasadena voters will select two commissioners from a field of four candidates in their citywide election. The candidates for a three-year term on the City Commission are Joe Catalfamo, Dick Holmes, A. Lou Ippolito and Joan Runyon. Catalfamo and Holmes are incumbents.

The polling sites in South Pasadena are the South Pasadena Municipal Building, 7047 Sunset Drive S, and Bethany Towers Recreation Hall, 880 Oleander Way S.

Pinellas Park also will have elections today, but voters will consider city charter changes, not candidates.

Most of the nine proposed changes are housekeeping to bring the charter in line with current law or practice. The most important issue, however, concerns the Pinellas Park Police Department.

Voters will be asked to decide whether it should be more difficult to get rid of the department. Under the current charter, a simple majority or three council votes can eliminate the department. The proposed change would require a unanimous vote of all five council members.

Pinellas Park has 17 polling sites. For information about where to vote, call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 464-3551.

North Redington Beach also will vote on charter amendments: One asks voters to consider increasing the mayor's stipend from $200 to $400 per month; and the other involves increasing the mayor's term of office from two years to three years.

Residents vote at North Redington Beach Town Hall, 190 173rd Ave.

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