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Gov. Scott replaces longest-serving Tampa Port Authority board member

The longest-serving member of the Tampa Port Authority governing board has been replaced.

Gov. Rick Scott did not reappoint Lawrence Shipp to the board that runs Port Tampa Bay. Shipp served for nine years, including a stint as chairman, and had applied for another term, but the governor appointed someone else on Friday. That pick was Gregory Celestan, 51, the CEO of Tampa defense contractor Celestar Corp.

Celestan is also a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and served as chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce last year. His three-year, seven-month term will expire on Nov. 25, 2017.

"I was extremely happy to serve on the port board for the past several years," Shipp said in text message. "Board changes are positive and bring new ideas."

Gov. Scott replaces longest-serving Tampa Port Authority board member 03/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 10:54pm]

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