ORLANDO, Fla. — Residents of a slew of Central Florida cities who headed to the polls Tuesday decided more than just their presidential hopeful.
- Florida presidential preference primary was Tuesday
- Cities choose commission seats, approved charter language
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A host of cities in four counties had residents choose commission seats, approve bond sales, and OK amendments to their charters.
In Orange County, Winter Park residents approved 10 of 11 charter amendments, including changing the charter's language to use gender-neutral pronouns. They also overwhelmingly voted to prohibit candidates for mayor and commissioner to campaign as a member of or accept contributions from a political party. The one amendment that residents voted down would have extended the city auditor's term from three years to five years.
Winter Garden residents overwhelmingly elected Lisa Bennett to the City Commission District 1 seat. They decided on nine charter amendments. Voters extended the terms of the mayor and commissioners from three years to four, but they declined to extend the time allowed for a city manager to establish city residency and allow the commission to waive the city manager residency requirement.
Voters in Maitland, Eatonville, Belle Isle, and Apopka also chose city council members.
In Seminole County, Casselberry voters overwhelmingly allowed the city to issue bonds to raise funds for parks and recreation improvements.
In Flagler County, Flagler Beach residents filled two seats on the city commission and voted to amend the city charter to be gender-neutral.
And in Lake County, Eustis residents may have seen a bond referendum on their ballot, but the votes won't be tabulated because the city didn't meet a requirement to advertise the referendum in the paper five weeks before the election. The referendum will be voted on again either in August or November.
Groveland residents elected Randolph Waite to the City Council District 5 seat.
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