Palmetto Bay voters will head back to the polls in two weeks, after no candidate received a majority in a pair of three-way races for Village Council seats.
The villages elections were among the most competitive in Miami-Dade, as residents have split on a series of court battles involving the expansion of a private school in a residential neighborhood. Some supported the Village Councils efforts to fight the expansion of Palmer Trinity School, while others are angry about the more than $600,000 the village has spent on legal fees.
The anti-Palmer faction, led by Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, now enjoys a 3-2 majority on the council.
Based on returns Tuesday, a neighborhood protection amendment to the village charter, proposed by the anti-Palmer faction, was approved.
But none of the council candidates got a majority, forcing a Nov. 20 runoff.
Vice Mayor Brian Pariser, a member of the Stanczyk faction, faced educator Karyn Cunningham and businessman John DuBois. Seat 2 Councilman Howard Tendrich, part of the pro-Palmer faction, faced businessman Jim Araiza and financial advisor Tim Schaffer.
Pariser will face DuBois in the runoff. Araiza and Schaffer will face off.
The Neighborhood Protection charter amendment requires four affirmative votes of the council to approve a zoning change, conditional use, or special exception in any single-family-residential district.
Passed: Charter changes that would limit council members to no more than two terms in any one office, and no more than three consecutive terms total.
Rejected: To allow individual council members to have more interaction with village staff.
Passed: Define nonpartisan for election purposes in the same way as under state law, and disqualify from office any candidate who violates the current charter requirement that elections be nonpartisan.
Passed: Allow for enforcement of the nonpartisan requirement through the state attorneys office, with punishments including fines and removal from office.
Passed: Require council approval before the village manager could appoint department heads.