ST. PETE BEACH – Come March, Melinda Pletcher will step up to the dais to take over for Commissioner Bev Garnett. Commissioner Garnett, who will step down this spring, represents the Pass-a-Grille area of St. Pete Beach.
“Which is kind of exciting, because I was just told I was the first commissioner of District Four who lives in Vina del Mar,” Ms. Pletcher said. Ms. Pletcher and her husband Stephen both moved to Vina del Mar in 1989 and moved to their current home in 1999.
Ms. Pletcher successfully filed her candidacy paperwork last week; no one else submitted a packet to run in the race for District Four, which means that Ms. Pletcher will become the new Commissioner automatically.
Ms. Pletcher has chaired the city’s Historic Preservation Board for the past five years. She cites her experiences on that board as a determining factor in her decision to run for office.
“I decided that I had spent five years as chairman of the Historic Preservation Board and I absolutely loved my participation experience... it seemed like the next step in order to stay involved in my community,” she said. “I’ve always volunteered my time, my entire adult life. When Bev shared she wasn’t seeking re-election, I thought it would be an appropriate next step for me to do that.”
Mr. Pletcher owns Outlet Technology, an electronic component business, on St. Pete Beach. Ms. Pletcher works as a Realtor for Frank Hurley and has for the past year. Prior to that, she raised two girls, 19 and 17, who attend Florida State University and University of South Florida St. Petersburg, respectively.
“I feel honored to serve the community in this capacity,” she says.