Boca’s beach and parks elections head to runoffs

runoffs-beach-and-parksBOCA RATON — Residents will vote again in November to fill two seats on the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District after close margins in Tuesday’s primary.

Of the three candidates who contended for each vacant commission seat, two will move on to runoffs Nov. 8 after no candidates secured a majority of votes Tuesday. The beach and parks district collects taxes and is responsible for public parks and beaches in Boca Raton and areas west of Boca.

One of the races was a near-tie between incumbant Earl Starkoff and Erin Wright, a local business owner who leads Starkoff in the unofficial election results by just 98 votes.

“The feedback we’ve gotten is that people are tired of those in place in the district already, mainly Earl,” Wright said Wednesday. “The status quo just won’t cut it anymore.”

Starkoff could not be reached for comment.

» For more details on each candidate, see our Know Your Candidate guide.

The second runoff pits Dennis Frisch, the incumbent who secured about 41.78 percent of votes, against Craig Ehrnst, a treasurer at a Boca Raton-based insurance firm. Frisch led Ehrnst  by about 6.5 percent of votes in Tuesday’s election.

“I’m pleased at the turnout and that people understand the importance of the parks district,” Ehrnst said Wednesday. Frisch could not be reached for comment.

Shayla Enright, a medical physicist who announced candidacy just one month before the election and ran against Ehrnst and Frisch, garnered nearly 23 percent of the vote. She plans to meet with Frisch and Ehrnst and is considering a possible endorsement, she said.

“Considering I only campaigned for about a month, I got a decent amount of support,” she said.


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