Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young Council Seat 4 Hopefuls Discuss Work at Forum; Focus Is on Handling Complex Issues, Making Practical Decisions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young Council Seat 4 Hopefuls Discuss Work at Forum; Focus Is on Handling Complex Issues, Making Practical Decisions

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Byline: DREW DIXON

NEPTUNE BEACH - Candidates Richard Arthur and Patrick Krechowski touted their work on city boards as reason to elect them to the City Council's Seat 4 on Nov. 2.

The two squared off in a Beaches Watch forum Tuesday at City Hall.

Arthur, 33, noted he's the chairman of the Planning, Development and Review Board. Krechowski, 38, said his service on the Code Enforcement Board qualifies him to provide steady leadership.

The seat is being vacated by Fred Lee, who is seeking election to the Duval County School Board.

"Neptune Beach needs to make decisions that aren't based on emotions" in the current slumping economy, Krechowski said. "They need to be based on reasonable, defensible, practical decision-making."

Krechowski, a major claims attorney at Fidelity National Title Group in Jacksonville, said that provides him the experience in negotiating skills to deal with complicated government issues.

As a branch manager for Red Crown Realty in Neptune Beach and as a business executive, Arthur also said he's capable of approaching the complex city issues.

"We're facing a lot of critical, financial things coming down the pipeline," Arthur said. "What I've seen is a trend of increased cost of living for people who live here with a lower level of service and just a lower quality of life. That's why I started getting involved and want to be more involved and help people rebalance that."

Beaches Watch President Sandy Golding moderated the forum, where about 50 people filled the council chambers. She asked candidates what they could do about redevelopment of land and properties in the city now that it's mostly built out.

Arthur said the main priority for the city is the central business district, which includes most of the commercial properties surrounding Third Street and Atlantic Boulevard. …

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