Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cody: Not Running Again `I Think It's a Shame -- She's Been Great'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cody: Not Running Again `I Think It's a Shame -- She's Been Great'

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- County Commissioner Joanne Cody announced

Wednesday that she does not plan to seek re-election in the

fall.

Cody, who represents the northeastern portion of the county,

told the Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition that she made the

decision in 1993 when she first decided to run for election.

Before making the announcement, Cody reviewed a list of

projects she has initiated or worked on while in office. She

included: a Visioning study that designed a plan for the area's

future, the A1A corridor study, a sign ordinance revision task

force and tree ordinance revisions.

She has also been instrumental in calling for commission action

on a telecommunication tower moratorium and is a member of the

Arterial Investment Study Group concerned with addressing

transportation needs along the Florida A1A corridor.

"Being your commissioner has been the most challenging and most

rewarding thing I have done," Cody said. "Nevertheless, I want

to announce to you today that I am not seeking re-election . . .

but I do believe that the programs I initiated will serve to

enhance our quality of life."

The past year has been particularly tough for Cody, who was one

of three commissioners often outvoted by a voting bloc of four

commissioners who seemed to control the commission. Last summer,

Cody was in the minority when a new county administrator was

selected, amid much controversy, by a 4-3 vote.

"I do have grave concerns today for St. Johns County and the

direction it seems to be headed," Cody said. "I have grave

concerns about the lack of integrity, honesty and principles

that I see at the county level."

Coalition members were surprised by Cody's announcement. Many

said they were sad to hear that she would not run again.

"I speak for everybody when I say I regret your decision -- I

know I do," coalition President Dan MacDonald said. …

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