DANIA BEACH

Former Dania Beach mayor loses seat

 

mfinch@MiamiHerald.com

The Dania Beach City Commission appeared poised for a bit of reshuffling.

Longtime commissioner C.K. McElyea, who served as mayor six times, will likely not be returning to the dais.

Voters had the choice of a field of seven candidates who were jockeying for three commission seats.

Incumbent Commissioner Walter Duke easily secured the top spot by getting about 25 percent of the votes, and incumbent Albert C. Jones held on to a solid second place with about 17 percent of the votes.

But McElyea appears to have narrowly lost the third spot by 23 votes to Chickie Brandimarte, president of the Dania Beach Seniors Club.

At the bottom of the pack were: Bruce Hannover, a member of the airport advisory committee, Bill Harris, a member of the city’s planning and zoning board and Rae L. Sandler, president of the Melaleuca Gardens Homeowner’s Association.Most candidates ran in opposition to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport expansion and in favor of promoting the city’s waterfront.

Duke will serve as mayor for two years; Jones will serve as vice mayor for one year and then become a commissioner. Brandimarte will join the city’s leadership as a commissioner.

Anne Castro was prohibited from running because of term limits.

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