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Incumbents sweep City Council election

By Staff | Mar 3, 2009

In Tuesday’s City Council election, a stunning 54 percent of island voters turned out and re-elected Mick Denham, Kevin Ruane and Marty Harrity following a heated campaign between the three incumbents and two challengers, Dr. David Berger and David Bath.

Denham, the city’s current mayor, received more than 27 percent (2,259 votes) of the total vote, followed by Ruane (nearly 23.5 percent, or 1,912 votes) and Harrity (20.6 percent, or 1,678 votes).

A former Planning Commissioner, Dr. Berger garnered almost 15.5 percent (1,254 votes) of the votes, followed by Bath’s 12.8 percent (1,042 votes).

In the two referendums proposed on the ballot, Sanibelians rejected an exchange of environmental lands swap for use as a dog park, with 52 percent – or 1,517 votes – against the idea.

Also, another referendum proposing an exchange of land owners in Sanibel Gardens was overwhelmingly approved at 69 percent (or 1,983 votes).