So far we know that Lagoon Road resident Ed Schoonover has submitted an application to the council for the open seat and LPA member Scott Safford is expected to file today. Schoonover will be our 11:30 guest at Margaritaville tomorrow.
If you’re interested in serving on the Town Council until the November election you must meet the requirements in the Fort Myers Beach government charter, including being a resident of the town (you can rent or own) and being a registered voter on the beach.
You will also be required to fill out a financial form called Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interests (Form 6). You should read very closely what that forms requires you to provide. Having to fill out that form is why Bill Veach resigned and the seat is empty. Even if you decide not to run for the seat in November you have to fill out the form.
If you’re interested in the seat keep in mind you cannot just sit at home and watch the meetings on YouTube. You will be expected to attend all Town Council meetings, serve as a liason to a town committee, and perhaps, sit on other committees off island but important to Fort Myers Beach.
The Town Council is hoping to fill the open seat in February. This seat will be on the ballot this November, along with the seats occupied by Mayor Dan Allers and Vice Mayor Jim Atterholt, who are both running for re-election.