St. Augustine Beach Commissioner Gary Snodgrass has resigned from the City Commission, saying he’s no longer able to handle the workload.
Snodgrass, who announced his resignation at Monday’s commission meeting, was first elected in 2010 and has served both as mayor and commissioner. His latest term would have ended Dec. 31, 2018, and now the city will advertise to find someone to fill his seat for the remainder of the term.
In his resignation letter, he wrote that the number of commission meetings has increased over the years as well as the length of meetings. He said he suggested several months ago that the city and commissioners find ways to tighten-up the meetings, but nothing has changed, he said.
“We continue to have more and more meetings, and we even started the meetings an hour earlier than in the past just so we can slug our way through the agenda. … I run out of time to prepare for the meetings,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.
He wrote that the “state of the city is solid” and that its finances will be improving with a grant from the Florida Communities Trust.
“As a parting gesture, my wife, Patsy T. Snodgrass, and I will underwrite this year’s Christmas party for city employees,” according to his letter. “Also, we will make a $2,500 gift to the local YMCA to establish scholarships for St. Augustine Beach children.”
Snodgrass said his resignation doesn’t have to do with public comments or emails he has received as a commissioner, some of which have been critical.
“As a politician you’ve got to have really thick skin. … I like people that have passion and purpose — that you can say about our residents of our fair city. … I applaud that.”
Snodgrass said he plans to stay in St. Augustine Beach and continue running his consulting firm.
Commissioners will have about 60 days to appoint a replacement, or a special election will be required, City Manager Max Royle said.
The city will advertise for beach residents to submit a resume and letter of interest for the seat. Commissioners will interview candidates at the Dec. 4 commission meeting, according to Royle.