Michael Brown, 66, who became interim mayor of this waterfront town of 2,700 people upon the death in November of longtime mayor Kenneth Schultz, has been a member of the town council for 14 years and vice mayor for six.
The retired accountant has a firm grasp of the issues, foremost of which is a decision on whether to switch from Manalapan’s water system to Boynton Beach’s when the current contract expires in 2020.
He is opposed by David Karpinia, 55, an electrical engineer and lawyer, whose main issue is crime. He states that “our crime rate is twice the national average” (actually, it’s 64 percent higher than the average, according to online sources) and wants more responsiveness from the contracted Lantana police. Brown says the police service is satisfactory and that Hypoluxo “is one of the safest cities in Palm Beach County.”
Asked about his sources of information, Karpinia cites Google, whereas Brown refers to years of faithful attendance at town council meetings. Karpinia did not dispute that he has attended only a handful.
The Post endorses Brown to retain the mayor’s seat.