Mort Levine, mayor of Juno Beach since 2009, died Saturday at hospice in Jupiter. Mr. Levine was 84.
“(Mr. Levine) was a giant in our small town. He was incredibly dedicated to Juno Beach. He readily shared his talents and skills to promote the town,” said Vice Mayor Pro Tem Bill Greene.
Mr. Levine, who often referred to Juno Beach as “World Headquarters,” became a member of the town’s planning and zoning board in 1999. He was elected to the town council in 2008, and appointed mayor of the 3,500-resident town on March 25, 2009.
“(Mr. Levine) just loved being mayor of Juno Beach. He treated everybody with respect. He had no agenda. He cared for his community. What else can you ask for in a mayor?,” said Town Manager Joe Lo Bello.
The town charter calls for the town council to appoint a replacement for Mr. Levine’s position.
Mr. Levine, who had been battling lung cancer for the past year, served on the Palm Beach County American Cancer Society board for more than 25 years.
A lawyer for about 50 years, Mr. Levine specialized in litigation and trial law. He served in various elected and appointed positions, including: Assistant District Attorney of King’s County; Associate Counsel and Assistant Counsel to various standing and joint legislative committees of the New York State Legislature including the Senate Committee on Banks and Chief Counsel of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department Judiciary Relations Committee and Attorney for the New York Telephone Company (now Verizon).
Kathleen Crum, 37, walked into the Jupiter Community Center and within minutes emerged with an “I Voted” sticker on her chest — a testament to the short lines at the polls.
“I’m here to avoid over-development,” said Crum, whose call to action unlike many others was sparked mainly by local issues. “I love this town and I want to see it stay the same. The local elections impact me more than the national.”
Before noon, maybe 100 people showed up at the community center to vote, estimated Jean Fleurimont, a poll worker.
“Of course you always expect more, or hope for it,” he said
Some were confused after apparent precinct changes affecting polling locations.
Ashley Anderson, 27, showed up just before 9 a.m. only to be told, along with a handful of others, that her location changed.
“It’s frustrating, but I’m going straight there. It won’t stop me from voting,” said Anderson, who said she needed to cast a vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I wish more people would take it seriously and vote, but none of the young people I know are coming out today,” she said.
There were no lines at the community center or the nearby polling stations at Jupiter High School between 8 and 9 a.m.
Several people voted at the high school as the polls opened after dropping their children off, said poll workers at that location.
Residents in eight precincts who would normally vote at the Mirasol Sales and Info Center should head to Marsh Pointe Elementary School instead, according to a notice from Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher. The school is at 12649 Ibiza Dr.
The Mirasol polling location isn’t available because of construction. The gated community off PGA Boulevard west of the Florida Turnpike is getting $40 million in improvements, including an updated clubhouse and two new pools.
Voting for the general election in November will return to the permanent location at Mirasol, according to Bucher’s notice.
The affected precincts are: 1174, 1176, 1178, 1180, 1186, 1232, 1236 and 1238. If you’re not sure where to vote, the Supervisor of Elections website has a precinct finder.
There are two candidates for the only contested seat on City Council. Carl Woods, a retired Palm Beach Gardens police officer, is challenging incumbent David Levy, a geologist. See what each candidate had to say in the Palm Beach Post’s Know Your Candidates guide here.
Kevin Easton appears on the ballot as a third candidate for the Group 4 seat but has dropped out of the race. A vote for him will not count.
Maria Marino is uncontested for the Group 2 City Council seat.