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Bay Harbor councilwoman resigns; town seeks candidates

Former Bay Harbor Islands councilmember Solange Rousselot
Former Bay Harbor Islands councilmember Solange Rousselot

The Bay Harbor Islands council announced Monday that a seat vacated by Councilwoman Solange Rousselot is up for grabs.

Rousselot, who resigned after purchasing property in another town, thanked her colleagues and the residents at the meeting. She left the dais after roll call.

“It was a pleasure,” Rousselot said. “I will never forget this experience.”

The council will appoint a prospective candidate at a special meeting Feb. 9 to serve until the next election in April, in which residents can run to serve the remaining two years of Rousselot’s term.

“Anyone running for a vacancy has to meet the same requirements as someone running for election,” Town Attorney Craig Sherman said.

Interested applicants are required to be permanent residents and registered voters of the town for at least one year.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest and résumé by 5 p.m. Jan. 28. The application should be mailed to Town Clerk Marlene Marante at Town of Bay Harbor Islands, 9665 Bay Harbor Terrace, Bay Harbor Islands.

In other business:

▪ The town code was amended to not permit business or commercial use in the East Island’s RM3 district as approved by the council on second reading.

▪ The council tentatively approved a plan to eliminate the overhead electric poles that connect power from the East to West Island in favor of an underground system. The plan, which will feature LED lights, will cost $190,070.