Haynie wins in Boca Raton, Mattioli in Royal Palm Beach, charter change for Riviera Beach Marina



Change is coming to the operation of the Riviera Beach Marina following Tuesday's election. With all the precincts reporting, those wanting to change the city charter to allow companies to run businesses at the marina won by a 74% to 26% margin.  The vote changes the city's charter which required the city to operate any businesses on the marina property.

In Boca Raton, city council member Susan Haynie will be the next mayor. She defeated fellow council member Anthony Majess. With all the precincts counted, Haynie had 57% of the vote to 43% for Majess. Controlling growth was a major issue in this contest.

In Royal Palm Beach, Mayor Matty Mattioli won another term. With all the precincts reporting, he had 37% of the vote. City activist Felicia Matula finished a close second with 37%. Martha Webster had 21% and Laurel Bennett had 6%.

Mattioli said he would like one more term to finish off the work he started.  The 86-year-old has served on the city council since 1994 and has been mayor since 2010.

In the only congressional election in the state,  Republican David Jolly won the contest in Florida's 13th Congressional District. Jolly won 48% of the vote, to Sink's 47% and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby had 5%.

He defeated Democrat Alex Sink is what is considered a test race over President Obama's health care program.

The contest was to replace the late Republican Rep. Bill Young who died in October after representing the area for 43 years. Jolly worked for Young.

Sink is a former state chief financial officer and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, narrowly losing to Republican Rick Scott.

The district comprises much of Pinellas County along Florida's Gulf Coast, with the exception of the city of Tarpon Springs and a portion of downtown St. Petersburg.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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