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Voting will be the first item on the agenda. Come to vote then leave if unable to stay for entire meeting. Results will be announced at the end of the meeting.

 
Mission Beach Town Council Board Elections
Wednesday November 13, 6pm

Belmont Park Community Room
(North side of the park, upstairs above the arcade)


There are 4 contested positions so we need your support and vote! Over the past year we have made progress on protecting short term rentals by working with community and city leaders on reasonable regulations, but our work is far from over. As this issue heats up again it's important we stay engaged and ensure accurate and fair representation! 
  • You must be present to vote! There is no proxy or absentee voting. 
  • If you have a family membership and would like to cast 2 votes, both family members must be present. 
  • To vote you must be a member in good standing for more than 30 days.
We recommend the following candidates for the contested positions and support the unopposed candidates. 

Secretary - Scott Gressard
Area 1 Rep - Marty Zimmerman
Area 5 Rep - Daniel Cota


We have not taken a position on President as both are solid candidates. Below are President candidate bios for your review and consideration. As a member of MBTC you should have received these bios along with all other candidate bios from the MBTC email, missionbeachtowncouncil@gmail.com

Matt Gardner- President

I have been the president of the Mission Beach Town Council for the year of 2018. Before that I was secretary for 2 years and before that I was area rep in area 6. I’ve lived previously in Mission Beach for over 12 years, partly in South Mission on Balboa Ct and then more recently up by Santa Clara. I also own two separate rental shops in Mission Beach which I’ve owned for 13 years and worked at for over 20 years. I fell in love with Mission Beach the first year I worked here in 1999. The fun of being at the beach and the loving neighborliness of everyone around is the perfect fit for me. I love our unique character here as well as everyone that comes through, both short term and long term. I consider myself a successful college drop-out with two other businesses, a wonderful family life with my wife, who I met here in Mission Beach, and 2 year old daughter. I have been very active in the community and city for years. I have helped on many issues in the past and have spoken on behalf of the community many times at city hall, lobbied/networked with city leaders and have spoken in other relevant public offices. I am a recent graduate of the public leadership institute established by the chamber of commerce and have held numerous leadership roles in many community organizations. My main approach is public advocacy through strong organizational strategy, relationship building with key individuals, and building an internal cultured working together with positivity.

Greg Knight- President
I was born in San Diego and grew up in the Clairemont/Bay Park area. At the age of 18 my family moved down to Mission Beach on El Carmel Place. I instantly feel in love with the beach and all the activities that it offered. Hard to believe, but I have now lived in this community for over 30 years. My wife (Cate Thero) and I live on Isthmus court on the bayside in the house that we have owned since 2001. As a long-time resident, home owner, and business owner in Mission Beach, I have seen the community change drastically over the past 30 years. I want to do my part to make sure this is a place that we all take pride in and we all want to be part of over the next 30 years. Even over the last couple years I have worked on numerous projects to help ensure that Mission Beach is a place we all will be proud to call home and many will come to enjoy. A leader and vocal advocate against the scooters and am still in communication and meetings with the mayor’s office to get enforcement on the scooter companies. The organizer of the scooter protest back in the spring which was well attended by many in the community and got the attention of the press which further got the attention of our local politicians. Worked on the MBTC Short Term Vacation Rental proposal with fellow board members and members of the public. This was a group of both pro and con STVR people who were able to work together and come up with a proposal that would be good for the entire community. I still stand behind the work we did and the proposal, even though the city has not acted on political reasons. I am on the Mission Beach Improvement Committee and if the city ever gets us paint, we will re-paint the mileage markers on the boardwalk. I have worked and will continue to work closely with the other groups in Mission Beach such as the MB Planning Board, etc. I am on and have been on nationwide boards (US Professional Paddles Sports Association - west coast representative and currently am active in the Event Professional Alliance). I own a party rental and event business with over 40 employees. I know what is entailed in both management of projects and leadership of people which I plan to bring to the MBTC. It has been a bit of a controversial issue on our Mission Beach Town Council if the president should be required to be a resident of Mission Beach. While our bylaws are still being debated, I am a resident of Mission Beach that would be honored to be your president.


Click here for meeting agenda. 

We hope to see you tomorrow night!

 
SAVE MISSION BEACH is a local organization that gives a voice to residents, property owners, small businesses and vacation rental managers who believe that responsibly run vacation rentals are a vital part of Mission Beach. We support reasonable regulations that protect STR rights and enforce good neighbor policies.

We encourage stakeholders to be vocal about their support of short-term rentals. Join our local Town Council, follow and engage with supporters on social media, Nextdoor.com, etc. and spread the word to neighbors and friends!

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