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Second Resident Elected to AMSCD Board

The board of the Ave Maria Stewardship Community District now has two town residents serving on it following the election Tuesday of Jim Carletta at a meeting of landowners.

All five members of the board currently are chosen by landowners, with votes based on the amount of property owned in the district so the developers essentially choose who will serve on it.

That will change early next year when one seat – the one now held by Mr. Carletta – converts to a seat that will be chosen by direct election by Ave Maria residents. A total of three seats were up for election Tuesday, with Chairman Tom Peek and Vice-Chairman Liesa Priddy being re-elected.

Mr. Carletta said that Barron Collier reached out to him and asked if he would be interested in serving on the board in a seat formerly held by retiring Barron Collier executive Doug Baird and after he agreed, the landowners nominated him. The seat had been previously designated as the one that would be filled by direct election so Mr. Carletta would need to run in that election if he wishes to continue serving on the board.

No date has been set for the election yet, but more information on a schedule – including how residents can run if they wish – is expected at the next district board meeting Dec. 6.

At least one other resident, attorney Robb Klucik – who led the effort to convert a seat to one that is directly elected – has indicated that he might be interested in running for the seat.

Mr. Carletta said he has not made a decision on whether he will run for the seat himself. "We'll see how it goes," he said.

He has lived in Ave Maria with his family since October, 2007, and has been active in the community, particularly in local youth sports. He started many of the Donahue Academy sports programs, served a few stints as the school's athletics director, and was a founder of the Ave Maria Little League.

The landowners meeting Tuesday was scheduled to be followed by a regular board meeting but only two board members – Jay Roth and Tom DiFlorio – were present so there was not a quorum. Those items will be carried over to the next monthly meeting in December.

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