Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stern Defends Continuing on Council; She Says She's Serving the Area by Remaining on the Panel

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stern Defends Continuing on Council; She Says She's Serving the Area by Remaining on the Panel

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Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL

While some St. Johns County commissioners and other residents are opposing her reappointment to the Northeast Florida Regional Council, Karen Stern said Friday she'll continue her work unabated on the council, espousing development of affordable housing, reviewing development applications and working on other local and regional issues.

Stern, a former county commissioner and president of the council, said she doesn't understand why the new commission chairman, Ben Rich, is proposing a resolution of no confidence for her reappointment to the council, on which she has been serving in various capacities for years.

She said that before she joined the County Commission is 2002, local issues' regional impact was largely ignored, but that was one of her campaign platforms and that, by also joining the council, she could facilitate local and regional plans.

Rich announced at a commission meeting Nov. 28 that he would draft a resolution with the County Attorney's Office to express no confidence for Stern's appointment to the Regional Council. The council provides coordination between county and state government agencies.

Rich said that as an elected commissioner, it's his responsibility to represent residents' concerns.

"I represent voters who are concerned about controlling growth in the county," Rich said. "It's not in the best interest of the majority of the board ... to deliberately deal with a Northeast Florida Regional Council that has in its membership individuals who were defeated based on their attitude of support toward mega development."

Stern lost her County Commission seat representing the St. Augustine area in last month's election.

Regardless, she said Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her to serve on the Regional Council, and that the County Commission doesn't have the authority to question that appointment. …

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