BY BUDDY NEVINS
Century Village’s pathetic turnout in the Deerfield Beach city election on Tuesday brings to mind David’s lament from The Bible: “How are the mighty fallen!”
A decade or so ago, Century Village could reliably turn out thousands of votes in any election.
On Tuesday, there were 1,317 votes cast in the 7 precincts.
Compare that with Weston’s Seat 3, where there were 3,441 votes in 13 precincts.
Weston turned out roughly 77 voters-per-precinct more than once mighty Deerfield Beach.
Two more points from the March municipal elections:
* Bernie Parness, a Democratic leader in Century Village, won a commission seat with 552 votes in a field of three. That’s not exactly a show of political clout compared to the time when Amadeo “Trinchi” Trinchitella could turn out more than that before the sun rose.
With those kind of pitiful numbers behind him, can Parness realistically hope to block the expansion of Southwest 10th Street, a key campaign pledge?
Parness is no Trinchitella. But is it his fault?
After two decades as the epitome of condo bosses courted by everybody from presidents to the courthouse crowd, Trinchitella died in 2005. Apparently he took most of his voters with him.
* Jim Norton stupendous loss in Weston’s Seat 2 is another example of the once mighty falling hard.
Norton is a former commissioner who resigned to run against Nan Rich for County Commission. After losing that race last year, he filed to run for his old seat.
But Byron Jaffe was already running. So Norton’s entry prompted a special election this week costing taxpayers $75,000.
That was Jaffe’s campaign message fashioned by consultant Dave Brown, who extended his decades-long lock on winning elections in Weston.
Jaffe won 2,416 to Norton’s 1,025.
And to think, Norton once believed he could win a County Commission seat.
Listen carefully and you might hear the sound of Norton’s political career tanking.