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Mike Griffin leaves Port Tampa Bay board to focus on USF consolidation, rallying business support for Rays ballpark

Mike Griffin has resigned from the governing board of Port Tampa Bay. Photo via Port Tampa Bay
Mike Griffin has resigned from the governing board of Port Tampa Bay. Photo via Port Tampa Bay
Published Jul. 25, 2018

TAMPA — Real estate executive Mike Griffin has resigned from the board of Port Tampa Bay.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Griffin, then the chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, to the board last August in response to news reports about questionable spending by port employees on meals and entertainment.

BACKGROUND: Mike Griffin named to Tampa Port Authority amid overspending accusations

In letters to the board and Scott, Griffin, 37, said the port has since "developed one of the most accountable and transparent expense and marketing policies for any public entity in the state of Florida," so "it is time for me to move on."

Griffin, a senior managing director for Savills Studley Occupier Services, said in a telephone interview he is at a point in life where he wants to make an impact at whatever he's doing, and he has two big tasks right now.

One is serving on a task force working on plans to consolidate the University of South Florida's various campuses and in particular chairing a subcommittee to study which majors and degrees should be offered at which campuses.

The second is serving as vice chairman of the Rays 100 to promote business support for a proposed Tampa Bay Rays ballpark in Ybor City.

Five of the seven members of the board at Port Tampa Bay are appointed by the governor. The two remaining positions are for the mayor of Tampa and a member of the Hillsborough County Commission. Griffin's term on the board was due to expire Nov. 15, 2019.

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