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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000
TAMPA PALMS -- The bid for the three open seats on the Tampa Palms Community Development District board of supervisors remained close early Tuesday night.
With only absentee votes counted, incumbents Mark Fitzpatrick and Ed Copeland and former Supervisor Andy Miller had a slight edge on former homeowners association president Gerry Cameron.
The top three vote-getters will win seats on the five-member development district that covers Tampa Palms Areas 1 and 2.
The board, which meets monthly, oversees an annual operating budget of about $1.6-million and decides how to care for the Tampa Palms common areas such as streets, lights and flower beds.
The candidates were Fitzpatrick, a 36-year-old loan consultant with Washington Mutual Bank who was first elected four years ago; Copeland, a 51-year-old engineer with HDR Engineering, who was appointed to finish Shawn Harrison's term last year when Harrison was elected to the City Council; Cameron, 49, a media specialist at Buchanan Middle School; and Miller, 47, who served one two-year stint on the CDD beginning in 1994.