Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents to Choose 2 of Their Own; Julington Creek Plantation Votes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents to Choose 2 of Their Own; Julington Creek Plantation Votes

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

Voters in the Julington Creek Plantation will choose two residents to serve on their Community Development District Board in Tuesday's election.

The development's five-member CDD board acts as a limited form of government and issues tax-free bonds for municipal improvements, paid off via an annual assessment charged to property owners. Currently, the board is investigating refinancing the bonds to build a second recreation facility after forming an ad hoc committee to look into what residents want.

All the board's seats had been held by developers and their representatives until a few years ago, when two were replaced by residents Susan Beaugrand and Kathy Minnis. Seats 3 and 4 are up for grabs Tuesday, while Beaugrand was unopposed for Seat 1 this year and Minnis was not up for re-election.

Seat 5 was that of chairman and developer's representative Jay Carpenter. He resigned, and the board nominated resident Thomas Meyung to take over the seat, but not the chairmanship, at its Oct. 24 meeting.

Meyung was one of three candidates in the Seat 4 primary in September, but received only 27.4 percent of the vote. Sherman Turnage received 36.4 percent to April Spears' 32.4, and they will face off in Tuesday's final election.

Spears, 30, is a two-year resident of the area and a 1994 Florida State University graduate with a degree in risk management and insurance. She said it has been rewarding going door-to-door campaigning in the past few weeks.

"Encouraging people to get out and vote is the most important message, as is my message and where I stand on the issues," she said. "The CDD manages our money."

Turnage is a 42-year-old anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic who has also lived in the development for two years. Since the primary, he said, he's done door-to-door campaigning and met with groups of residents in neighborhoods and at school bus stops. …

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