Posted on 11 September 2014 by LeslieM

RE: Marine Advisory Board

Dear Editor:

Honorable Commissioners and our Mayor,

I understand that an agenda item is on for the next meeting [Sept. 3 Deerfield Beach city commission meeting] to revisit in some way, my removal from the MAB [Marine Advisory Board].

Please be aware that prior to my appointment to the board, I advised [the District 1 commissioner] that if at any time he did not like my actions or actions on the MAB, all he had to do is ask and I would resign. He chose a grandstanding and public attack of my name rather than accept my offer to resign.

I do not desire to serve on the MAB or any other city board and I will not reconsider this position at any time in the future.

I gave many hours of high value consulting time to the city and did not like the way things were handled.

To revisit this matter again only serves to slander or further attack my good name.

I enjoyed the time I gave to the city, but no longer have the will to serve in any capacity on any panels, boards or in any advisory nature with this city.

I have my hands full with the time I spend on two highly respected Fishery advisory boards and committees for the National Marine Fisheries Service, and as an advisor to the U.S. State Department as a member of the ICCAT advisory committee, which I have been serving on for 12 and 8 years, respectively.

Please do not revisit the past action of the commission. You spoke clearly and loudly and with a unanimous vote. This matter has been completed and should not be revisited. Please respect my wishes on this matter and please respect the time I already gave the MAB.

I respectfully request you remove this item from the meeting agenda.


Ronald J. Coddington, P.E.

Deerfield Beach

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