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Oravec to resign July 1; Port St. Lucie special mayoral election would be September or December

The St. Lucie News-Tribune logo The St. Lucie News-Tribune 6/10/2021 Olivia McKelvey, Treasure Coast Newspapers
a man wearing a suit and tie: A pink tabebuia tree was planted in memory of 19 people on Florida's Arbor Day during a commemoration ceremony presented by the Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. The event was attended by city staff, including Mayor Greg Oravec, loved ones of those who have passed away and other community members involved in gardening. "We've been doing Arbor Day here at the gardens since before our grand opening," said Joleen King, board president of the Friends of Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. "It's one of the traditions we felt important to carry on." © LEAH VOSS/TCPALM A pink tabebuia tree was planted in memory of 19 people on Florida's Arbor Day during a commemoration ceremony presented by the Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. The event was attended by city staff, including Mayor Greg Oravec, loved ones of those who have passed away and other community members involved in gardening. "We've been doing Arbor Day here at the gardens since before our grand opening," said Joleen King, board president of the Friends of Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. "It's one of the traditions we felt important to carry on."

PORT ST. LUCIE— After serving as mayor for seven consecutive years, Greg Oravec will step down July 1.

Oravec, 46, announced his resignation Wednesday night after the Islamorada Village Council in the Florida Keys approved his contract as its new village manager. 

The council had picked Oravec June 2 from among three finalists.

"In reading the recruitment for the position of Islamorada village manager, I felt that the recruiter, Village Council and community were speaking to me on a very deep and personal level," Oravec said in a statement. "I couldn’t ask for a better professional fit or a better next chapter in life for my family." 

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While a special election will be required to fill the position Vice Mayor Shannon Martin will take over Oravec's responsibilities July 1. The election, which could cost the city up to $320,000, could be Sept. 21 or Dec. 7 if there's more than one candidate,  according to city documents. 


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Martin, who has served as District 3 councilwoman since 2010, already has filed to run for mayor of Florida's seventh most-populous city, according to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

And she's already endorsed by Oravec.

"It is my hope that (Martin) will be given the opportunity to shine and to demonstrate that she is willing and able to lead our city forward," he said in his statement. 

The City Council is expected to set the special election Monday. Filing deadline with the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections would be July 16. 

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Oravec's departure puts an end to his nearly two decades of service in various city roles. His departure, he's said in previous statements, is due in part to financial considerations. As Islamorada village manager he will earn $169,500, more than double his mayoral salary. 

Olivia McKelvey is TCPalm's watchdog reporter for St. Lucie County. You can reach her at olivia.mckelvey@tcpalm.com, 772-521-4380 and on Twitter @olivia_mckelvey. 

This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Oravec to resign July 1; Port St. Lucie special mayoral election would be September or December

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