Four candidates will face off in the March 12 election to fill two commission seats in Palm Beach Shores, a place one candidate described as “a little paradise” that still needs strong leadership to keep a balanced budget and local control of emergency services.
Town commissioner Roby DeReuil, 52, is seeking a second term after being elected unopposed three years ago, while Janet Kortenhaus, 54, Cindy Larcher, 50 and Myra Koutzen, 60 are vying for a second vacant seat on the commission.
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Palm Beach Shores Commission
Two at-large seats (top two vote-getters win)
Term: 2 years Salary: None
Personal: 50, lives in Palm Beach Shores; single.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Latin American Studies/Spanish and fine arts, Flagler College.
Professional: Works with beach rentals and services for Eastern Beach Services.
Issues: Maintain municipal control of police, fire and lifeguard services; continue improving municipal roads.
Personal: 54, lives in Palm Beach Shores. Married, raising one teenage girl.
Education: Associate degree, business administration, Brookdale Community College.
Professional: Co-owner since 1994 of Four Seasons Travel in Ocean Township, N.J.
Political: Appointed to Palm Beach Shores Planning and Zoning Board in March 2011; appointed in 2005 to Neptune Township, N.J., commission to fill vacancy; appointed to several planning and zoning boards in New Jersey from 1998 to 2007.
Issues: Maintain a fiscally responsible budget; apply money to improve town infrastructure, including roads.
Roby DeReuil (i)
Personal: 52, lives in Palm Beach Shores; Married, two daughters
Education: Associate degree, liberal arts, University of Florida; Bachelor’s degree, construction management, Florida International University
Professional: Owner and president, Building-Science General Contractors; volunteer lieutenant, Palm Beach Shores Fire Department; senior project manager, Suffolk Construction Co., 2001-2011, senior project manager, Centex Construction (now Balfour Beatty Construction), 1985-2001
Political: Elected unopposed to commission, 2009; member of planning and zoning board, 2001-2009
Issues: Maintain professional standards at volunteer fire department while keeping costs to taxpayers low; supports redevelopment of commercial areas.
Personal: 60, lives in Palm Beach Shores; single
Education: Bachelor’s in theater management, Binghamton University; Master’s in business administration, Fordham University
Professional: Retired; former vice-president of marketing and product development, MasterCard International, Purchase, N.Y., 1996-2000; Marketing, Citibank, 1984-1996; owned theater management company in the 1970s.
Issues: Managing local government despite revenue decreases; help fire and police department chiefs