- September 4, 2019
Longboat Key has a new mayor, and he’s one with experience.
George Spoll will serve as the town’s mayor, a position he held from 2009 to 2011.
“What a pleasant surprise,” Spoll said to the room of more than a dozen people.
The Town Commission also selected Ed Zunz, the re-elected District 5 commissioner, to continue his role as vice mayor.
The new mayor succeeds outgoing District 3 Commissioner and Mayor Terry Gans, who served as mayor for two years, vice mayor for one year and on the Commission for six.
Gans, in his “valedictory” remarks, thanked his wife, Diane, fellow commissioners and others who helped him in his political journey.
Last, but not least, Gans thanked the people of Longboat Key.
"Nobody ever said a bad word to me," Gans said. "Face to face, they were nothing but supportive."
Gans, in his District 3 seat, is succeeded by Ken Schneier, who won the election by more than 30 points. Zunz, who was also sworn in Monday, won his race by less than four points. Irwin Pastor, returning at-large commissioner nominated for mayor, won his seat on the commission by more than 40 points.
Randy Clair, District 1 Commissioner, ran unopposed.