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Martin Garcia abruptly quits Tampa International Airport board

TAMPA — Martin Garcia quit the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority on Wednesday, less than a year after getting appointed.

The Tampa lawyer was the campaign chair of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's successful run for office in 2010. Then in June 2013, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Garcia to the board that governs Tampa International Airport.

Garcia abruptly resigned on Wednesday, sending a letter of resignation to the governor and his fellow board members that did not disclose why he left. But in the past he had clashed with other board members over accounting practices, a subject he cited in his letter.

"Since joining the Authority Board, I have focused the majority of my time and efforts on evaluating the financial implications of the operational and investment decisions at TIA," he wrote. "I genuinely hope that my service on the Authority Board has been constructive and provided some value, and that my fellow board members will continue to focus on applying comparative financial metrics to evaluate (publicly) the operations and investments at TIA."

Garcia is also the founder and managing director of the private investment firm Pinehill Capital Partners. He was appointed to fill the Aviation Authority vacancy left by former board Chairman Steve Burton, who died last year.

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