Board of Supervisors Elections

South Indian River Water Control District (SIRWCD) was established as a Special District in 1923. SIRWCD is organized and exists pursuant to Chapter 298, Florida Statutes, as amended and supplemented, and other applicable provisions of law, including a number of special acts of the Florida Legislature relating to the District, particularly Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida.


The District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors who serve three-year terms. Supervisors are elected by a vote of the landowners based on parcel acreage. All Supervisors must reside in Palm Beach County and must own land in the District. Current rules dictate that at least three Supervisors must reside in the District, with at least one Supervisor residing in the area east of the C-18 Canal and at least one residing in the area west of the C-18 Canal. One Supervisor must not be a resident of the District.


Ballots for the seats up for election are mailed out to landowners in early to mid-August each year and are due back to the District office by the third Thursday in September. A return envelope is included in the mailing. Landowners may also cast their ballot at the Annual Landowners Meeting, which also is held the third Thursday in September. Landowners whose District assessments are delinquent are not entitled to vote.


As specified in the District's Special Act, the ballots are counted and verified by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, who will certify the results.

Replacement, Lost or Damaged Ballots

Extra blank ballots are printed and numbered and kept locked at the District’s office for replacement purposes.


If a ballot envelope is returned by the Post Office, the District makes every effort to re-mail those ballots to the current owner by using information provided on the Property Appraiser’s website. If the website shows a new owner from that on the original mailing list, the new information is typed onto a blank ballot and mailed. A log of new owners is kept and sent to the Supervisor of Elections. All other envelopes are filed alphabetically and stored in a locked cabinet.


When a landowner calls to request a ballot due to it being misplaced, lost or never received, we verify ownership (Property Appraiser’s website), then we check the box of returned ballots, and if not found, we ask the owner to bring photographic identification to the District office to pick up a replacement ballot. If the owner has recently purchased the property and the Property Appraiser's website has not been updated, we ask the owner to bring proof of ownership as well (deed or tax bill). The District keeps a log of all replacement ballots given. Landowners who request a replacement ballot are notified that the first ballot received in their name is the ballot that is counted and that all further inquiries should be directed to the District office or attorney – not to the Supervisor of Elections.



Two Supervisors were elected for terms of three (3) years each. At least one of the two Supervisors elected must reside in the District east of the C-18 Canal. The other can reside on the east or west side or be a non-resident. Candidates must own land in the District and must be residents of Palm Beach County.


Michael Howard of Jupiter Farms and John Jones of Palm Beach Country Estates ran for re-election and Thom Frederick, a resident of Palm Beach Country Estates, had filed to run.


Official ballots were sent out in mid-August and ballots had to be received at the District office no later than 4:30 pm on September 19, 2019 or cast in person at the start of the Annual Landowners Meeting that evening at 7:00 pm in the Jupiter High School Auditorium. Balloting is now closed.



I, Sean Williams, on behalf of Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County, do hereby certify that the following record of votes cast in the SOUTH INDIAN RIVER WATER CONTROL DISTRICT, ELECTION OF SUPERVISORS ending on September 19, 2019 is correct according to records provided to the Supervisor of Elections Office.


Total of Votes Cast for Election of Supervisors


M. Howard - (Westside Resident) 1,678

J. Jones - (Eastside Resident) 1,474

T. Frederick - (Eastside Resident) 888


All candidates have signed the Oath of Candidate, which states that they will resign from office within 30 days if their residency changes and causes the District's Board of Supervisors to no longer be in compliance with Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida.


The Board accepted the certified results from the Supervisor of Elections office and Michael Howard and John Jones were sworn in at the monthly meeting of the South Indian River Water Control District Board of Supervisors, rescheduled for October 23, 2019. Stephen Hinkle was named president for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Tom Powell, as vice president and Jane Woodward as Secretary. John Meyer and Michael Howard were named as chairs for the Policies and Procedures Committee, John Jones and Tom Powell as Budget Committee chairs, and John Jones as Parks Committee Chair.


If you have any questions you may contact the District offices at: (561) 747-0550, or via email to:


The South Indian River Water Control District does not endorse any candidate.