One incumbent won another term and another incumbent faces a runoff in Tuesday’s Jupiter town council election.
Wayne Posner, a retired commercial general contractor and resident of Jupiter Country Club, defeated two challengers in the first district who were critical of his support of the Love Street project.
The restaurant/retail project has been scaled back about 25 percent from its original size.
“Jupiter residents are OK with a balanced approach to development. Good development is doable. We have to make it profitable and we want to approve projects that are not overbuilt that we will be proud of for the entire community,” said Posner, 67.
Ron Delaney, the incumbent in the second district, barely missed winning the 50 percent majority for victory. Delaney will face Ben Klug in a runoff on March 28.
Klug got the second largest number of votes. The third candidate was Heidi Epstein.
Delaney opposes the Love Street project.
“In a three-person race, anything can happen. We ran hard,” said Delaney, 53, who has been owner/operator for the past 13 years of East Coast Foods, a home delivery food service.
Klug, who has served on the council and is currently on the Jupiter planning and zoning commission, said his campaign goal was to hold Delaney to 50 percent and force a runoff.
Jupiter council terms are three years. Pay for council seats is $18,600 annually
Development — especially along the town waterfront in the Inlet Village on A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1 — was the majot issue, the candidates agreed.
But Klug said that residents told him they also were concerned with other issues.
“Education, preserving Jupiter’s history and having paifd leave for town employees are other issues that residents are interested in. It’s not just development people care about,” said Klug.