Former St. Pete Beach Mayor Ward Friszolowski took the oath of office for the District Three commission seat last Tuesday night on St. Pete Beach. The commission voted unanimously to appoint the former elected official to the seat vacated by outgoing Commissioner Marvin Shavlan, who sold his home had to step down because he no longer met the city's residency requirement.
Commissioner Friszolowski will remain in the seat until the March 11 election, at which time District Three voters will choose a new representative. The interim commissioner is not in the running for the seat.
Resident Deborah Schechner also put forth her name for consideration for the interim position, but some on council expressed concern about her involvement in litigation against the city.