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Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein said Tuesday night he will not seek a third term in office.
The fourth generation Floridian and father of three announced his decision during a City Commission meeting.
“As an entrepreneur and mayor, I believe in the immense power of fresh ideas and fresh leadership,” Glickstein said. “With the election coming in March, I will not be a candidate and want you to know that whoever takes my place, I’ll be rooting for you.”
Come March, voters will select two new commissioners and a new mayor. So far, Commissioner Shelly Petrolia is the only person who has formally announced a run for mayor — leaving her seat open.
Voters will also choose someone to fill the seat currently belonging to Commissioner Mitch Katz. He is campaigning for re-election.
Glickstein was first elected in 2013, then again in 2015, beating former acting mayor Tom Carney not once, but twice.
During his tenure as mayor, Glickstein fought for major changes in the sober home industry for which Delray Beach has gained national attention.
In July, the City Commission passed new rules that require group homes to be licensed through a regulatory entity such as the Florida Association of Recovery Residences — a move he said will save lives and protect the character of the city.
Glickstein pushed for programs that encourage youth literacy, which in turn led to Delray’s third All-America City Award.
He also presided over the city while it went to court over a multi-million dollar no-bid garbage contract and a deal for the city that saved ratepayers a total of more than $8 million dollars.
During a speech Tuesday night, Glickstein also touted the growth of Atlantic Avenue — the city’s most popular nightlife destination.
While Glickstein was mayor, the city saw drug overdoses spike as the nation’s burgeoning opioid epidemic preyed on Delray Beach. Between 2015 and 2016, overdoses jumped from 195 to 690.
Delray has experienced a high amount of turnover in city officials including the loss of two permanent city managers since 2014.
He is the founder of Ironwood Properties, a land development firm, and holds a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
He’s also a surfer and an animal lover.
Not one afraid to joke from the dais, earlier this year Glickstein began a meeting wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap and a blond wig. He promised to “make Delray great again” then proposed building a wall and making Boca Raton pay for it.
In his first campaign for mayor, Glickstein touted his acumen as a successful entrepreneur. He went back to that idea on Tuesday night, telling residents that it’s in that spirit he believes the city will benefit from the “immense power of fresh ideas and fresh leadership.”
At the end of his speech, the crowd gave the mayor a standing ovation.
Glickstein finished with these words:
“It hasn’t always been easy. Sometimes, it’s been damn hard,” he said. “But we got things done, and I think we made Delray a better place along the way. Thank you.”