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Gov. Scott appoints John Grandoff III to Tampa port board

Published Sep. 11, 2013

John Grandoff III is on the fast track to becoming the newest member of the Tampa Port Authority.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment Tuesday, which now is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Grandoff, 55, of Tampa is a lawyer with Hill Ward & Henderson. He has served as a board member of the Tampa Bay Area Research and Development Authority, and currently serves as a board member for Mental Health Care Inc. and the Jesuit High School Foundation.

Grandoff received his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the Stetson College of Law.

The seven-member board helps guide an organization that generates $15.1 billion in economic impact with more than 80,000 employees. The board oversees the port's operations, including reviewing all manner of contracts, leases and purchases, and hiring the port's chief executive officer.

Grandoff replaces William "Hoe" Brown, who resigned all of his public positions on July 12 after reports emerged about 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.

Grandoff's term would run from Tuesday to Nov. 12, 2015.