BREAKING NEWS: Bobbie Lindsay to run for fourth term on Town Council

William Kelly  |  Our Town  |  October 6, 2021

Town Councilwoman Bobbie Lindsay is seeking re-election to her seat in the March 8 town election.

Lindsay filed for re-election to the Group 3 council seat on Tuesday in Town Clerk Queenester Nieves’ office.

Lindsay is one of three incumbents whose two-year terms expire in March. Councilman Lew Crampton filed to seek re-election on Monday. Council President Margaret Zeidman has not announced her intention.

So far, no opposition has emerged.

Lindsay joined the council in February 2016, when she ran unopposed for the seat previously held by Robert Wildrick. She was re-elected without opposition in 2018 and 2020.

“The mayor and Town Council are functioning really well as a governing body,” Lindsay said Wednesday. “I am not done yet.”

Lindsay said she wants to help shepherd the town through a review of its zoning code, a process she said will probably take two years to complete.

“Our small town is under great pressure from accelerated growth in West Palm Beach and the county,” Lindsay said. “This exercise is going to be critical to preserving the character of our small-town community. We don’t want to be like every other town in South Florida. Palm Beach is very special.”

Lindsay said she does not support total reform of the code, which she said works well in some areas, such as height restrictions. But she said some changes are needed “because we can’t build under the current code the things we love about the town.”

“Things we really love about the town are the scale, mass and the architecture,” she said. “Places like the Via Mizner, Royal Poinciana Plaza, and Phipps Plaza – these are important. How do we do more of that?”

The council has amassed a solid record of accomplishments during the six years she has been on the board, Lindsay said.

Lindsay strongly advocated for the $38 million, top-to-bottom renovation of the Town Marina, which reopens on Nov. 1 with floating docks, larger slips and updated electrical and security systems.

The old marina was outdated and performed far below its potential as a financial asset of the town, she said.

Lindsay also spearheaded efforts to secure a long-term deal with a residential developer for use of a town-owned site in Palm Beach County. The lease will bring up to $74 million to the town over 50 years, town officials have said.

Lindsay has been a driving force behind the town’s Green Initiative, which encourages more environmentally friendly practices on public and private properties. This has included bans on plastic straws and the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus during the rainy season months.

She also has successfully pushed for a more aggressive approach to paying down a long-term financial liability in the town’s retirement program.

Lindsay moved to Palm Beach with her family in 1961. The North End resident is retired from a career in real estate development and investment in Seattle.

Lindsay was on the Shore Protection Board from 2008-12 and the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2013-14.

She is active in the Garden Club of Palm Beach.

Before joining the council, Lindsay, as a member of the Palm Beach Civic Association’s Executive Committee, organized the Save Our Inlet Coalition that fought to block an expansion of the Port of Palm Beach. She and other opponents said the expansion would harm the marine environment, eco-tourism and the local recreational economy.

To qualify to run in the March 8 town election, candidates must be nominated by registered town voters at the Town Caucus on Dec. 7 in Town Hall.

 

 

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