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Port St. Lucie mayor's resignation effective June 30, special election needed to fill seat

WPEC West Palm Beach logo WPEC West Palm Beach 6/10/2021 Denise Sawyer
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Port St. Lucie mayor Greg Oravec will not be seeking reelection and has announced his resignation would be effective midnight, the night of June 30, 2021.

"As my family and I came to terms with the incredibly difficult decision to not seek reelection and to instead pursue other public service employment opportunities, we had no idea what opportunities would present themselves, where, and when," stated Oravec in an email to residents of Port St. Lucie. "As fate would have it, something special came along much sooner than we anticipated in a place that is very special to us as a family and to me as a native Floridian and someone who loves the water and the environment."

Oravec has accepted the position of Islamorada Village Manager in the Florida Keys.

"I felt that the recruiter, Village Council and community were speaking to me on a very deep and personal level, that I couldn’t ask for a better professional fit or a better next chapter in life for my family," he stated. 

Greg was first elected mayor in November 2014, and in 2018. He became the first mayor in the City’s history to be reelected without opposition.

Now Port St. Lucie will have to host a special election to fill his seat this fall. 

I regret that there will have to be a special election to fill my seat, but I take heart in knowing that by most objective indicators, the state of our City is at an all-time high, our reputation has never been stronger, and, most importantly, the Vice Mayor & City Council, the City Manager and hard-working City employees, and you—all of the passionate involved citizens, the Port St. Luckies out there—will keep working hard, smart, and together to keep our community’s incredible progress, and our shared commitment to continuous improvement, on track.

Vice Mayor Shannon Martin, who has served as District 3 councilwoman since 2010, has said she would run to succeed him. 

During Oravec's tenure, Port St. Lucie has become the seventh most populous city in Florida and enjoyed many successes and accolades, including: being named the safest large city in Florida; one of the 25 most desirable places to live in the US; one of the 12 best places to live near a beach in the US; and the winner of the 2019 Voice of the People Award.

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