With three spots up for grabs on the Dania Beach City Commission, residents are hearing lots of promises:
We’ll continue the fight against airport expansion.
We’ll reduce your property taxes.
We’ll help the city grow into a seaside tourist gem.
The seven candidates include two incumbents, several activists and a former citizen of the year. They are: Chickie Brandimart, Walter Duke, Bruce Hannover, Bill Harris, Albert C. Jones, C.K. McElyea and Rae L. Sandler.
Incumbents Duke and McElyea are running for re-election; the third spot on the dais currently belongs to Commissioner Anne Castro, who is prohibited from running due to term limits.
Brandimarte, 75, has been president of the Seniors Club for the last 11 years, captain of two “citizen on patrol’’ units and was named the Broward County Citizen of the Year in 2001. She also received a TRIADS citizen award in 2011 from the national Sheriff’s Association, in recognition of her work with law enforcement protecting seniors. Brandimarte served on the Dania Beach Housing Board, and along with being on the board of directors in the mid-2000s for Meadowbrook condos, she founded the Dania Beach Men’s and Women’s Club. Now, she works as a nurse.
Brandimarte said she is concerned about the flooding that occurs in some parts of the city.
“I am especially concerned about the airport expansion’s impact to our neighbors all over Dania Beach,” she said via email.
Duke has served on the Dania Beach City Commission since 2009. He has also served on Dania Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency.
Creating jobs in Dania Beach and continuing with the redevelopment of the city are his biggest goals, Duke said.
Duke, 52, currently serves as president of Clobus, McLemore & Duke, Inc., a commercial real estate appraisal firm, and has previously served as president of the South Florida Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.
“My goal is to make Dania Beach become the best city of its size in America and that’s what I have been working on,” he said. He has been a resident of the city for five years.
Hannover, 58, has been a resident of Dania Beach for 23 years. “Responsible” re-development is what he pinpoints as the biggest issue to him. He has been involved with fundraising, the Boy Scouts of America, helping organize events at St. David’s Catholic Church and has worked in communications. Now Hannover is responsible for the sound reinforcement division of Dunne Music, working to set up sound systems in houses of worship.
He says it’s time for some “new blood” on the commission.
“There’s a lot of people who have been involved for many, many, many years and perhaps it’s time for them to yield to people who have been observing for many years,” Hannover said.
He also said his focus would be on protecting neighborhoods from crime and keeping them clean as well as maintaining or increasing the city’s tax base.
Harris, a resident of Dania Beach for 10 years, was appointed to the Dania Beach Planning and Zoning Board in 2011 and is the vice president of the Nature’s Cove Homeowner’s Association. He is also an active member of the Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce, according to his website.
Harris said he will work to avoid property tax increases for homeowners, and help protect the interests of those who live close to the airport expansion.