2 incumbents re-elected without opposition in Pierson

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Pierson, Florida, ferncapital of the world / Headline Surfer®PIERSON, FLA. -- Two incumbents who are fern growers were returned to office here in Pierson, known as the "Fern Capital of the World," when no challengers emerged by the noon Friday deadline for qualifying.

As such, re-elected without opposition for another four years were seat 4 Councilman Samuel G.S. Bennett and seat 5 Councilman Herbert J. Bennett.

The other elected officials whose terms expire in two years are Mayor James F. Sowell, seat 1 Councilman James T. Peterson, Seat 2 Councilman Tom Larrivee and seat 3 Councilman Robert F. Greenlund.

While the Bennetts, who are not related, had no opponents this time around, they easily were returned to their elected posts four years ago when they had challengers. in the 2012 general elections, Samuel Bennett defeated Maribel Martinez, 330 (66.67%) to 165. And in the same election cycle, Herbert J. Bennett won over Lidia Miranda, 334 (67.89%) to 67.

While the Bennetts, who are not related, had no opponents this time around, they easily were returned to their elected posts four years ago when they had challengers. in the 2012 general elections, Samuel Bennett defeated Maribel Martinez, 330 (66.67%) to 165. And in the same election cycle, Herbert J. Bennett won over Lidia Miranda, 334 (67.89%) to 67.

The Pierson Town Council is comprised of five voting town council members and a mayor, who does not have a vote. There are no term limits.

Peterson is the longest-tenured current town official, first elected in 1982. Larivee is the newest, appointed two years ago to replace Billy Carter, who died unexpectedly. Larivee was subsequently elected without opposition that August prior to the primary when qualifying ended and no one else opted to run against him.

James Sowell was first elected mayor in 2000.

Sturgeon farm in Pierson, Florida / Headline Surfer®Did You Know?

The 100-acre Evans Farm, located in Pierson, Florida, is home to the first American Russian Sturgeon operation. Florida's Panhandle is the locale for the largest Beluga aqua farm in the world: Sturgeon AquaFarms. Its 100 tanks contain more Beluga sturgeon than what’s left in the Caspian Sea.
 

FAST FACTS: Pierson, FL

Pierson, Florrida town map / Headline Surfer®Retired MLB Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones is a native of Pierson, Florida / Headline Surfer®• The rural community of Pierson was founded in the 1800s, known then as Piersonville.
• Pierson proclaims itself as the “Fern Capital Of the World.” The town is best known for the ferns grown and exported worldwide for use in floral arrangements and other decorations. 95% of the floral ferns sold in the US are grown in 6,200 shaded acres in Pierson. Agriculture is the mainstay of Pierson's employment. 
• Pierson is located at 29°14′30″N 81°27′24″W (29.241713, -81.456594).
• Pierson is the northwesternmost incorporated town in Volusia County with 1,700 residents. US 17 and CR 3 run through the town.  
• Pierson has a total area of 8.7 square miles. Of that total, 8.1 square miles ) is land and 0.6 square miles is water.
• Retired Major League Baseball star Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves is a native of Pierson.
 
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