Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Planners Losing Their Leader Martin Moving; Riel New Chief

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Planners Losing Their Leader Martin Moving; Riel New Chief

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The Greater Arlington Citizens Planning Advisory Committee has

learned that its newly elected chairman, Bob Martin, is leaving.

Martin, who is also executive director for the Arlington YMCA,

stepped down from chairing the committee after announcing plans

to move to Nashville. He has also resigned from his position at

the YMCA.

The move surprised and saddened committee members who attend

the advisory committee meetings, held each month at the YMCA in

the Jeff Mitchell Teen Center, which Martin helped establish.

"He'll definitely be missed," said Ron Salem, the advisory

committee's previous chairman. "The group is seeing some

changes, but that won't stop them from working."

At its final meeting of 1996, held Dec. 13, the advisory

committee selected Jacksonville University security director

Paul Riel as the new chairman. East Arlington resident Mark

Foss, who serves on the Queen's Harbor Homeowner's Association,

will be the new vice-chairman.

"This was not something that any of us expected," said Riel,

who was supposed to have become the vice-chairman working with

Martin who would have been chairman. "I'm feeling a little

trepidation, but at the same time I'm looking forward to this.

It's one of those things where you hope you can do as good a job

as what's been done in the past."

It was the second big change for the advisory committee after

it learned earlier this month that former chairman Salem was

hired by Mayor John Delaney to be the city's director of

neighborhood and community programs.

Despite the changes in leadership, Riel said the advisory

committee has set some goals for 1997.

Here's a look at what the group plans to do next year:

Develop three new subcommittees at the request of Mayor John


Riel said the group needs volunteers to help develop three new

plans: a neighborhood beautification plan, an economic

development plan and an emergency preparedness plan. …

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