It almost acts like it doesn't think that first page even exists!! I had originally imported this document from Word after getting very aggravated with Word, and this is my first experience with Pages (which up till now has been SO much nicer!). When I turn on View Layout - even that does not appear on that weird first page... It's like a "ghost page" or something - but I do need it gone!
How about trying one of these ideas (on a COPY of the document, just in case):
Select everything in the section except for the first page.
Create a new blank section
Paste the copied stuff into the new section
After reviewing to see that everything looks as it should in the new section, delete the old section
Go to the top of the second page
Insert section break
Hopefully the blank page is in a section by itself now.
Delete the blank section