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St. Pete Beach appoints interim mayor

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Deborah Schechner was chosen as interim Mayor of St. Pete Beach on Tuesday.

Schechner will replace Maria Lowe, who resigned earlier this year so she could go to Paris, France, with her husband, Gerald, who accepted a job as the Deputy Director of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Schechner was chosen by a 3-1 vote after applicants were interviewed during a televised commission meeting Tuesday. Ward Friszolowski was the lone dissenting vote. Schechner unsuccessfully opposed Friszolowski in the March commission election. She was sworn in after the vote.

Schechner is a long-time civic activist. She serves on the city’s finance and budget board, which reviews the annual budget, general financial condition of the city, perform other duties and make recommendations to the City Commission as appropriate.

According to the city’s Facebook page, Schenchner said in her application: “I believe my experience, community involvement, board positions, recent campaign and love of our beach community makes me the best candidate for the office of interim mayor. I also believe I’m uniquely qualified as i have the means and time to devote all that is necessary to be an effective mayor.”

Schechner will serve until the March election.

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