The Town of Lantana operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The Council sets policy, which is carried out by the Town Manager and Staff.
The Mayor and Town Council are elected town-wide to three-year terms. The Mayor (Group 5) is selected by the voters. Each year following the election, the Council elects from among its members a Vice Mayor and Vice Mayor Pro Tem. Lantana's municipal elections are held the second Tuesday in March; however, the next election will be held on March 15, 2016 due to the Presidential Preference Primary.
OUR TOWN COUNCIL
Elected March 2000, March 2003, March 2006, March 2009, March 2012, March 2015
Term expires March 2018
David Stewart is a long time South Florida resident, having lived in this area since he was a child. After spending his childhood in Lake Worth with his parents and two sisters, he moved to Lantana in 1977. David graduated from Lake Worth High School and attended Palm Beach Community College.
After attending college, David started working in the air conditioning industry, and has been employed in the field for more than 40 years. He is former President and current member of the Palm Beach Air Conditioning Contractors Association.
David has been active in the Lantana community since he moved here. He is a former President of the Hypoluxo Island Homeowners Association, and served as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board before being elected as your Mayor. He also served as the President of the Palm Beach County League of Cities and Chairman of the Gold Coast League of Cities and is currently on the board as past president.
David is committed to 'Making Lantana a better place to live, work and play' because he truly does 'Love Lantana.'
Philip J. Aridas
Elected March 2011, March 2014
Term expires March 2017
Philip Aridas has been a resident of Lantana since 1977. He is an employee of Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation.
Phil has been active in our community as a Director on the Lantana Chamber of Commerce Board. He has also donated time to local charities and organizations in our community such as our local Kiwanis Club, Police Explorers, Lantana Fishing Derby, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) to name a few. Phil urges our residents and businesses alike to become involved to help build a stronger community. Phil is extremely pleased with the Councils approval of Maddock Park, which implemented the first Dog Park in the Town as well as significant improvements to the Skate Park. He is very excited for the new Lyman Kayak Park on North Lake Drive and firmly believes in providing residents with fun things to do within our community.
"Lantana is a special place to live and work. It is a true seaside community and it is my goal to make sure it stays that way."
Vice Mayor Pro Tem
Elected March 2002, March 2005, March 2008, March 2011, March 2014
Term expires March 2017
Tom was born in Flint, Michigan. He attended the University of Kentucky, majoring in Business Administration.
He married Karen in 1977 and moved to Lantana in 1981. They raised two daughters here and have always appreciated Lantana's small town atmosphere and neighborhood schools.
In 1987 Tom formed and chaired the Save Our Schools Committee to keep Lantana's schools from being moved out of town. The Committee collected signatures from all over town and Tom presented the petition to the school board. The letter he wrote to the Palm Beach Post along with other media attention convinced the school board to keep and improve our neighborhood schools.
Tom founded Palm Beach Tire, Inc. in 1993 with the philosophy to treat all customers like neighbors. He is an active member in the Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce.
His hobbies include chess, history, golf (when he can find the time), bottle collecting and driving his '71 SS454 Chevelle convertible. He is also a member of the Lantana Historical Society.
He appreciates the opportunity to serve the people of Lantana and looks forward to helping to make Lantana an even better place to live.
Councilmember Elected March 2013
Term expires March 2019
Malcolm Balfour was born in South Africa. He came to this country on a track scholarship to Mississippi State University where he later became head track coach.
He and his wife Ilona arrived in Lantana in 1972 when he was hired by the National Enquirer. He has worked as a freelance writer and television producer from his Perry Street office for the past 30 years. His hobbies are flying and recently he's taken up fishing.
Malcolm was involved in saving our town parks for boaters and fishermen and has always cared for our environment. He was on the Lantana Nature Preserve Commission for nine years and for the past three years served as chairman.
He'd like to keep Lantana's small-town atmosphere so we can all enjoy life in our unique seaside community.
Lynn Moorhouse, D.D.S.
Elected March 2004, March 2007, March 2010, March 2013
Term expires March 2019
Lynn Moorhouse was born in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan's Dental School and immediately moved to Florida, serving in the United States Navy. Dr. Moorhouse has lived in Lantana since 1979. He has been active in the Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member and as Chairman of the annual Lantana Fishing Derby, and participates in many other charitable community events. Dr. Moorhouse has served as Chairman of Lantana's Planning & Zoning Board, and is a State Board Examiner for dental and dental hygiene Boards.
Dr. Moorhouse is married with three children and three grandchildren. He hopes his efforts will make a positive difference in controlled growth for the residents of Lantana.