Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Palmetto Bay's Alexander Montessori School - No expansion - at least for now

The Alexander Montessori School failed to meet the 75% threshold in the special election that was held on June 25, 2013.  This was a special election unique to the Village of Palmetto Bay -- a mail ballot election only for residents within 2,000 feet of Alexander School, which is located at 14850 SW 67 Ave.
The results were announced last night. I have learned that they may still be 20 votes outstanding for the canvassing board to consider, so things may still change. We will know more when the canvassing board meets at 10 AM today.

Palmetto Bay Special Election - June 25, 2013
Precincts Counted2 (100%)
Absentee Precincts Counted1
Registered Voters - Total330
Ballots Cast - Total110
Voter Turnout - Total33.33%
Question 1 City: Palmetto Bay Special Election
All results are unofficial until certified by the municipality
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Village of Palmetto Bay
Notice of Special Election – Mail Ballot
As a service to our residents and in accordance with Village Charter 10.1 and the Florida Statutes, the Village advises that a Special Mail Ballot election shall be conducted on June 25, 2013. Only those registered voters who reside within 2,000 feet of the property listed below shall be receiving a ballot for completion and return mailing. The subject of this Special Election is to consider the following question:
Student Enrollment Expansion at Alexander School, Inc.
Alexander School, Inc., located at 14850 SW 67 Avenue, filed a zoning application to increase student enrollment from 270 to 329. For the application to proceed, it must first receive 75 percent approval of the Palmetto Bay voting electorate within 2,000 feet of its property. If the referendum succeeds, student enrollment may only be increased upon a 4/5 vote of the Village Council.
Should the application proceed?
YES   300
NO     301
For information, contact:
Village Clerk Meighan J. Alexander


  1. AnonymousJune 26, 2013

    Time to budget for yet another lawsuit.

  2. AnonymousJune 26, 2013

    Tha Alexander Montessori school now has standing to sue and contest the constitutionality of this ordinance.

    1. AnonymousJune 26, 2013

      I hope they sue and I hope that many of us will dontate to a legal defense fund for Beverley McGhee, the school and the students. The fund should be named the "Save our Students fund."

  3. AnonymousJuly 01, 2013

    I really don't like my tax dollars going to pay attys that defend the indefensible acts of our Village government. However, this despicable ordinance was voted on by our thoughtless neighbors and was supported at the polls by our (hopefully not for much longer) Mayor and Joan Lindsey. It is an ordinance based on hate and which serves no useful purpose. I for one invite the school to sue the Village because sometimes the judicial system is the only way to stop runaway politicians like Lindsey and Stancyzk.