MEXICO BEACH, Florida – Former Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson died at the age of 50 on Friday, November 15, 2019.
The City of Mexico Beach publicly announced Anderson’s passing on Saturday.
“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our City Administrator, Andy Anderson, the City will be holding a special meeting open to the public on Monday, November 18th at 9:00 am to recognize Mr. Anderson. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Anderson is survived by his wife, Sabrina, and three sons.
Brevard County Commissioner 2008-2016
Anderson rose in local politics by first being elected to the Palm Bay City Council in 2002 where he served until his run for Brevard County Commissioner in 2008.
Anderson sat on the County Commission at a time when budgets were strained by falling property values during the Great Recession.
He was re-elected to a second term as District 5 County Commissioner in 2012.
It was during his second term that he became embroiled in several controversial issues.
All Aboard Florida
Anderson was the deciding vote approving All Aboard Florida crossings in Brevard. In exchange, All Aboard Florida agreed to pay for the maintenance of railroad crossings for eight years, pay $500,000 in matching funds toward safety upgrades to allow for quiet zones, and give the county $375,000.
Anderson vs. Bill Mick
Anderson also went head-to-head with conservative talk show host Bill Mick after Mick questioned Anderson’s claim as being a fiscal conservative, his relationship with Xun Energy, and the Field of Dreams incentive payments made by Waste Management.
“I think he is an idiot has has no impact on my life – he is just a low level shock-jock,” Anderson told Brevard Times in 2013.
“However if the “real coward” would like to discuss it with me off-air – I’m good with that! I refuse to help create an increased audience for his little show of half-truths and innuendo that only benefits him financially though increased advertisement money.”
Mick also hurled insults at Anderson, calling him a “little boy who happens to have a gavel in his hand.” Mick then played what he called Anderson’s theme song, which was a composite song made up of, in part, the Dukes of Hazard theme song Just a Good Ol’ Boy and Kenny Roger’s Coward of the County.
Wickham Road Construction
Anderson pushed hard on county staff to complete construction on the Wickham Road widening project which ran through Anderson’s district the most.
Dogs On The Beach
Anderson voted against allowing dogs on county beaches south of Cocoa Beach in 2015.
Shave Head For St. Baldrick’s
While serving as County Commissioner, Anderson shaved his head as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation that funds research for finding a cure for children with cancer.
Palm Bay City Government 2016-2019
After his term ended as County Commissioner, Anderson served in several positions for the City of Palm Bay, including spokesperson, economic development director, and interim deputy city manager.
City of Mexico Beach
Anderson recently took on a position as a city administrator with the City of Mexico Beach, Florida in August.