Deerfield Beach City Commissioners win second terms
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Voters also weighed in on a proposed sale of city land.

Deerfield Beach voters returned two incumbents to second terms on the City Commission, unofficial results show.

With 1,562 voters weighing in, Commissioner Michael Hudak won re-election to a second term representing Deerfield Beach’s coastal City Commission, winning 56% of the vote to challenger Maria LoRicco’s 44%. LoRicco was a first-time candidate from New Haven, Connecticut.

Meanwhile, with all five precincts reporting a total of 1,269 voters, District 2 City Commissioner Ben Preston won his bid for re-election to a second term, taking 53% of the vote. Three hundred votes separated him from community activist Terry Scott, who won 29% of the vote. Darlene Swaffar, a former candidate for Congress, garnered 19% of the vote.

Also, voters gave their approval for the sale of 3.8 acres of city-owned land for $6.5 million, with 58% approving the move.

The land has been vacant ever since the state deeded the land at Southwest 11th Way to the city. MBA Development Partners offered to pay the city $6.5 million to build a mixed-use project on the site near Interstate 95. An antiquated city charter provision requires voter approval for the sale of any city-owned land worth more than $750,000.

MBA partners has plans to build the parcel into a hub of restaurants, offices, businesses and housing.

The proposed sale won the Sun-Sentinel’s nod.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].

One comment

  • Karen Newcombe

    March 15, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    Deerfield Beach should have made it a park. The city has almost no green space left. Very few projects in the last thirty years were worth losing the land they were on. We got crappy gas stations, crappy chain restaurants, truly crappy office buildings, and no new parks.

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