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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