George Kinney, the St. Pete Beach Community Development Director who took the helm of the city's planning department almost two years ago, has resigned this week.
Kinney, who came to St. Pete Beach from the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, says he will move back to his home state of Pennsylvania, where most of his immediate family lives.
"This was an extremely difficult decision and I really had no intention to depart. I absolutely treasured my time at St. Pete Beach and feel like great things are on the horizon once the comp plan litigation issues are resolved," he told the Gabber. "The city commission is the best I have ever worked with. They truly have the best interest of the city and its citizens at heart and are progressive, professional and thoughtful decision makers. Likewise, the planning board is incredibly talented and dedicated. I thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with them and know they will continue to facilitate the development of the CRA and build on the design work that the Baker group is developing. I would also thank the city manager and all my colleagues for the experiences and friendships."
Mr. Kinney's last day will be February 28. St. Pete Beach City Manager Mike Bonfield says the city will start a search to fill the position immediately; he expects finding a suitable candidate will take 90 days.