St. Pete Beach Commissioner Marvin Shavlan Steps Down

An open letter from St. Pete Beach Commissioner Marvin Shavlan:

As many of you know, my wife and I recently put our house on the market. Our Realtor informed us that a house in our price range would probably take a minimum of six months to sell and very likely longer. As it turns out we had a contract on the house in 10 days.

Unfortunately, this means I must resign my position as commissioner effective the date of closing (scheduled for January 15) because my wife and I have been unable to find a suitable residence to buy or rent in District Three or St. Pete Beach, for that matter. Accordingly, my last commission meeting will be on Tuesday, January 14.

The city charter requires the commission to appoint someone to fill my position for the remainder of the term. If you would like to be considered you will need to submit a letter of interest to the city manager by Friday, January 10. To qualify you must have been a full-time resident in District Three for the last 12 months.

The city manager’s email address is

While I’m disappointed that I cannot serve out the remainder of my term, I am glad to see that one very qualified candidate has already expressed interest in the position. My understanding is that Ward Friszolowski, former St. Pete Beach commissioner and mayor will be submitting a letter of interest on Monday.

I am confident the city commission will select a very capable individual who will continue to vigorously represent the residents of District Three and St. Pete Beach.

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