Seven seek three seats on Boca Beach & Parks District

Seven seek three seats on Boca Beach & Parks District

Published July 8th, 2008

By Dale M. King


An election contest in Boca Raton that’s rarely ever a contest is turning into a battleground this year, with seven people vying for three seats on the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District.

Earl Starkoff, the incumbent in Seat 3, was out distributing campaign literature at a recent event and noted that there are contests for Seats 1, 3 and 5 in this year’s election.  Starkoff won his seat in 2004 in another rare contest, one that pitted him against Neil Haynie.

Starkoff said he is not sure why so many candidates are seeking seats on the board this year.

Three people are running for Seat 1 on the board – Dennis Frisch, a local podiatrist; Nathan Lipschultz and William Sadler.  Seat 3 pits Starkoff against Susan Lipschultz and for Seat 5, incumbent Dirk Smith is being challenged by Karl Dickey.

And while the contest is non-partisan, the Florida Libertarian Party website notes that Dickey along with Nathan and Susan Lipschultz are all members of the Libertarian Party.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District is a special taxing district established by the state legislature for the acquisition and development of parklands. Residents of the Beach & Park District elect a board of five commissioners. Three of the five seats are on the ballot this year.

The district owns Sugar Sand Park, Patch Reef Park and the Swim & Racquet Club on St. Andrews Boulevard. It also assists the city of Boca Raton Recreation Department with other facilities, and normally provides funding for improvements.

Currently, the district is working on the design of athletic fields at de Hoerne Park.

So far, only Starkoff has distributed literature about his re-election bid, and has even hired a campaign manager.

Starkoff, 59, has spent 35 years publishing books and magazines ranging from fine art photography to scientific research to youth development and athletic education. He is a coach with a number of athletic leagues in the city and holds a number of positions with the YMCA of Boca Raton.

Dickey was elected chairman of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County in 2005 and was re-elected this year.  He was a candidate for the District 30 state Senate seat in 2006, and picked up just over 12 percent of the vote in a heavily Democratic district.

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Enough Is Enough!

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P.O. Box 3012, Winter Park, Florida 32790 800.478.0555

Contact: Karl Dickey, Chairman 561.237.5586

NEWS RELEASE July 17, 2008 For Immediate Release


Local Governments Working to Circumvent Message from the Public

Winter Park, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is amazed at the power-hungry politicians who seem to have a ferocious appetite for additional tax dollars even though the Florida voters have clearly stated that they want to pay less taxes. This addiction to force money out of the pockets of hard working Floridians can be seen in county commissioners and city councils throughout the state.

On January 31, 2008, Florida voters sent an overwhelming message to both our state and local governments that they had reached the breaking point of being overtaxed and were in need of relief. Yet as new budget proposals are brought forth from Palm Beach County to the City of Orlando to Pensacola, it is clear these local politicians haven’t gotten the message and continue to find ways to take up either current levels of spending or actually increase their spending.

Karl Dickey, chairman of the LPF said this morning, “I am saddened that our county and city officials continue down this avenue of classic ‘tax and spend’ policies rather than reign in the wasteful spending. Rather than listen to the will of the people, our elected officials have considerable trouble finding items to eliminate from their upcoming budgets.”

The Libertarian Party of Florida encourages all Floridians to write to their local elected officials and attend upcoming public hearings on their local government budgets to make certain their voice is heard. We would also encourage the public to vote in the many Libertarians running for offices across the state ( as it is clear the Republicans and Democrats haven’t heard that clear message sent on January 31st.



So Jodi and I returned from Vegas very early this morning on the red eye. We were there to attend the LSLA meeting happening this past weekend.

I don’t mind saying that it will be sometime before I visit Vegas again unless I am doing a quick stop over to catch a Cirque de Soleil show – then jump right back out of town. People seem to mistake Vegas (and Nevada in general) as a Libertarian thinking town – nothing could be further from the truth.

Nonetheless, we enjoyed seeing and meeting several Libertarians from around the country including the Libertarian Presidential Debate on the 16th. There were some quality people there and look forward to seeing them and more in May at our National Convention .