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Odom resigns from Citizens board



Odomcitizens2Jay Odom has resigned from the board of directors for Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-run insurer, citing "time constraints" with his family.

Odom, 52, sent a letter to the board and Senate President Jeff Atwater announcing his resignation. Odom was last appointed to Citizens by then-Senate President Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie.

The news comes on the same day the Republican Party of Florida said it is no longer contracting jet services from Odom.

Odom is considered to be a subject in the grand jury investigation into Rep. Ray Sansom's dealings with Northwest Florida State College.

But the marketing director for Odom's Crystal Beach Development said the Sansom matter had nothing to do with the decision to step down from Citizens.

"Jay has been on there for six years. He feels that he's done everything he can to move that project along," Owen Martin said in an interview. "It now takes up more time than he has available. He wants to spend more with his family and his business."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:28pm]


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