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David Panicola


His family includes his “beautiful wife, Robin” and three children, Shannon, Courtney and Michael and two grandchildren, Jason and Anthony.Originally from Long Island, New York, David Panicola has lived in Florida for over 23 years and in Indian Harbour Beach for 18 years. A graduate of St. Joseph’s College on Long Island, David has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations and is the owner (along with his wife Robin) of Point A. Advantage Inc., a non-emergency transportation company for people with special needs.

David was elected to City Mayor November 6, 2015. David has served on City Council since 2002 and has served as Deputy Mayor for four one-year appointments. Prior to being appointed to Council in 2002, David served on the Planning & Zoning Board and was a volunteer firefighter for IHB for over 7 years. David also volunteered as the Safety Officer for two years on the IHB Little League Board from 2001-2002.




Scott Nickle

Deputy Mayor

Deputy Mayor Scott Nickle is a native Floridian, born in Melbourne and raised in Indian Harbour Beach. He attended Ocean Breeze Elementary School, Hoover Junior High, and graduated from Satellite High School. Scott has a Master’s Certificate in Public Administration, a B.A. in Legal Studies, and a B.A. in Radio/Television Broadcasting, all from the University of Central Florida.

He is employed by Bussen-Mayer Engineering Group, a local Civil Engineering consulting firm, where he is currently Vice-President and Director of Engineering. Scott is also co-owner of Cold Stone Creamery at The Avenue Viera.  Prior to his being appointed to Council in 2005, Scott served as a member of the City’s Planning and Zoning Board for four years; however his volunteer efforts are not limited to our beloved City. He has been involved in several community charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Brevard Zoo Teen Volunteer Program, and served on the Board of Directors for the Doctors, Lawyers, Weekend Warriors Surfing Festival benefiting Children’s based charities. He is an avid tennis player and loves to surf. Married to Debbie for twenty three years, Scott is proud of his 12 year old daughter Sara, 10 year old son John, and his grown stepson, Corey.


Gene Newberry

Council Member

Gene Newberry, a licensed Realtor with National Realty for over fifteen years, is a University of Central Florida Alumni. He was an honors graduate with a degree in Public Administration.  Gene was first elected to the City Council in 1988, following his two years’ tenure on the Planning & Zoning Board. He served for several years at that time; then after a short hiatus, returned to the City Council in 1998, serving several terms as Deputy Mayor and, subsequently, as Mayor from 2003 to 2005, when he relocated with his family to Colorado.

Prior to his moving to Colorado, Gene was an active member of our Volunteer Fire Department for twenty years as a volunteer firefighter, Lieutenant, and Assistant Chief. He also served as President and Vice President of the Fire Corporation, IHBVFD, Inc. – the fund-raising entity for the Fire Department.

In 2008, Gene and his family moved back to Indian Harbour Beach, and he became involved in service to our community as a City Council member once again. In November of 2010, Gene was elected by his fellow Council Members to serve as Mayor for the 2010/2011 year. Deputy Mayor Newberry and his wife Lilo love being back home in Indian Harbour Beach and have two grown sons, Danny and Austin, who grew up here and attended our local schools.




Jim Nolan Sr.

Council Member

Jim Nolan, Sr., has been a resident of Indian Harbour Beach since 1966. Jim was married for 42 years (his wife, Dorothy, passed away in February of 2000) and raised 5 children in our city (Patricia, Jim Jr, Susan, Linda and Timothy). All of the children attended Ocean Breeze Elementary School where daughter Susan is now a teacher. Jim has 10 grandchildren,  and 5 great-grandchildren.

A graduate of the U.S. Army Signal School, Jim attended the RCA Institute of New York, NY, and then spent 47 years in communications and the aerospace industry, retiring from Harris Corporation in May of 1999.

Jim was elected to the City Council in November of 1993, and served as Deputy Mayor in 1994-95, and Mayor from 1995 to 1998. He is also a former member of the City’s Planning and Zoning Board, served for 2 years on the City’s Civil Service Board, and is Past President of Indian Harbour Beach Football. For many years, he worked with Little League as coach, vice president, manager and chief umpire.

He retired from the Fire Department after 26 years of active service and was Fire Chief from 1994 to 2000. He was also President of the Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department Corporation twice, named Indian Harbour Beach Firefighter of the Year for 2 consecutive years, and honored as the Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department  Corporation Man of the Year in 1988. As a result of his extensive record of commitment to serving our community, Jim Nolan, Sr. was honored in 1996 by the Lions Club with their Citizen of the Year Award.




Frank Guertin

Council Member

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Frank has lived here in Indian Harbour Beach since 1973. In 2012, Frank retired after 35 years of teaching at Satellite High School where he also coached football and track. Having attended Eastern Kentucky University on a football scholarship, Frank went on to graduate with his Master’s degree, and actually began coaching football at Pasco High School in Dade City, Florida, and then at Kansas State University.

Frank and his lovely wife, Joann, have been married for 46 years and have three grown children (Alicia, Brian and Matthew) who all attended Ocean Breeze Elementary, Hoover/DeLaura Middle Schools and Satellite High School. The Guertin’s are thrilled that their son Brian and his wife Ashley have recently moved to our area with their children, Maizy, Talan and Saylor.

While working and raising their family, Frank also coached Little League baseball and Joann was involved as a team mother, scorekeeper and concessionaire. Before being appointed to the City Council, Frank faithfully served as a member of the City’s Planning and Zoning Board for 23 years.