Board of Supervisors Elections

South Indian River Water Control District (SIRWCD) was established as a Special District in 1923. SIRWCD is organized and exists pursuant to Chapter 298, Florida Statutes, as amended and supplemented, and other applicable provisions of law, including a number of special acts of the Florida Legislature relating to the District, particularly Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida.

 

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors who serve three-year terms. Supervisors are elected by a vote of the landowners based on parcel acreage. All Supervisors must reside in Palm Beach County and must own land in the District. Current rules dictate that at least three Supervisors must reside in the District, with at least one Supervisor residing in the area east of the C-18 Canal and at least one residing in the area west of the C-18 Canal. One Supervisor must not be a resident of the District.

 

Ballots for the seats up for election are mailed out to landowners in early to mid-August each year and are due back to the District office by the third Thursday in September. A return envelope is included in the mailing. Landowners may also cast their ballot at the Annual Landowners Meeting, which also is held the third Thursday in September. Landowners whose District assessments are delinquent are not entitled to vote.

 

As specified in the District's Special Act, the ballots are counted and verified by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, who will certify the results.

Replacement, Lost or Damaged Ballots

Extra blank ballots are printed and numbered and kept locked at the District’s office for replacement purposes.

 

If a ballot envelope is returned by the Post Office, the District makes every effort to re-mail those ballots to the current owner by using information provided on the Property Appraiser’s website. If the website shows a new owner from that on the original mailing list, the new information is typed onto a blank ballot and mailed. A log of new owners is kept and sent to the Supervisor of Elections. All other envelopes are filed alphabetically and stored in a locked cabinet.

 

When a landowner calls to request a ballot due to it being misplaced, lost or never received, we verify ownership (Property Appraiser’s website), then we check the box of returned ballots. and if not found, we ask the owner to bring photographic identification to the District office to pick up a replacement ballot. If the owner has recently purchased the property and the Property Appraiser's website has not been updated, we ask the owner to bring proof of ownership as well (deed or tax bill). The District keeps a log of all replacement ballots given.

 

Landowners who request a replacement ballot are notified that the first ballot received in their name is the ballot that is counted and that
all further inquiries should be directed to the District office or attorney – not to the Supervisor of Elections.

 

2018 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ELECTION

Two Supervisors will be elected for terms of three (3) years each. At least one of the two Supervisors to be elected must reside in the District. Candidates must own land in the District and must be residents of Palm Beach County.

 

Stephen Hinkle and John Meyer, who both live in Jupiter Farms and currrently serve on the Board, are running for re-election. Mr. Hinkle has been on the Board since 2012 and Mr. Meyer was elected in 2015. In addition, Robert Berman of Palm Beach Country Estates, who previously served on the Board from 1999-2010, has filed to run.

 

Official ballots will be sent out in mid-August. If you own more than one parcel and receive more than one official ballot, you need only sign and return one ballot indicating  the total acreage owned by you for which District assessments are not delinquent. The candidate biographies are posted below.

 

The District requests that you return your ballot promptly to prevent last minute processing delays. If a landowner name has changed or a change of ownership has occurred, or a ballot has been lost or damaged, please notify the District office for a replacement. Election ballots must be received at the District office no later than 4:30 pm on September 20, 2018 or you may cast your ballot in person at the start of the Annual Landowners Meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Jupiter High School Auditorium.

 

All candidates have signed the Oath of Candidate, which states they will resign from office within 30 days if their residency changes and causes the District's Board of Supervisors to no longer be in compliance with Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida.

 

Landowners should contact the District office at 561-747-0550 if they have questions regarding the election or if a ballot has not been received or has been lost or damaged.

 

Candidate Biographies PDF

Candidate Biographies RTF

 

The South Indian River Water Control District does not endorse any candidate.

 

2017 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ELECTION

On June 29, 2017, Michael Ryan resigned from the South Indian River Water Control District (SIRWCD) Board of Supervisors. At an abbreviated Board meeting on July 20, 2017, the Board appointed John Jones, a resident of Palm Beach Country Estates, to fill Mr. Ryan’s seat until the 2017 Board of Supervisors’ election was conducted.

 

One Supervisor will be elected for a term of three years. That candidate may not reside in the District, but must own land in the District and must be a resident of Palm Beach County. Tom Powell, who has served on the Board since 1981, is running for re-election for this seat.

 

Due to the resignation of Supervisor Ryan, a second seat was also on the ballot. Candidates for that seat must reside in the area of the District East of the South Florida Water Management District Canal 18 (C-18) and own land in the District. That term is for a period of two years, the remainder of Mr. Ryan's term. John Jones and Robert Berman have filed to run for this seat. Both are residents of Palm Beach Country Estates. As noted above, Mr. Jones has been appointed Supervisor by the Board and Mr. Berman has previously served on the Board from 1999-2010.

 

Official ballots were sent out August 11. Election ballots had to be received at the District office no later than 4:30 pm on September 21, 2017 or cast in person at the start of the Annual Landowners Meeting that evening.

 

The cerified results have been received from the Supervisor of Elections and are as follows:

 

Tom Powell - Unopposed Non-Resident Seat - Winner

 

Bob Berman - Eastside Resident Seat - 714

John Jones - Eastside Resident Seat - 1,717 - Winner

 

John Jones was sworn in at the October 19, 2017 Board of Supervisors Meeting. Mr. Powell, who was not in attendance was sworn in at the Board meeting held on November 30, 2018.