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Five vie for Hoe Brown's old seat on Tampa Port Authority board

TAMPA — Five people have put their names in to fill former chairman William "Hoe" Brown's seat on the Tampa Port Authority's governing board.

Brown resigned all of his public positions on July 12 after the Tampa Bay Times reported on the decrepit mobile homes he was illegally renting behind his Seminole Heights office. Brown, a top Republican fundraiser, apologized and had the mobile homes removed.

But records revealed that for years his properties there had been in poor condition, violated city codes and attracted crime and chaos to a residential neighborhood.

Brown was appointed by two governors and had served on the board since 2008. There is no deadline for Gov. Rick Scott to appoint his replacement, and more people will likely apply for the port position.

Here are the applicants to replace Brown:

• Gregory Bryant, 49, the president and CEO of Bay Cities Bank in Tampa.

• George Farrell, a Pinellas County resident who said he is a consultant at the Largo real estate firm of American Security Trust.

• John Grandoff III, a land-use lawyer and shareholder with the Tampa firm of Hill, Ward and Henderson.

• William "Lance" Ponton, 67, the owner and president of Cordoba Development Co. in Tampa.

• Philip Waller, 56, a vice president for MWH Americas Inc., an engineer and expert in water resource management.

Jamal Thalji can be reached at or (813) 226-3404.

Five vie for Hoe Brown's old seat on Tampa Port Authority board 07/25/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:42pm]
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