Mexico Beach councilmember resigns

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:40 AM.

Five becomes four.

At the end of last week’s pre-agenda workshop, Mexico Beach Councilman Lanny Howell announced that he’d be resigning at the beginning of January.

Howell told the council and those in attendance that he and his wife would be relocating to Arkansas in order to spend more time with their grandchildren.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” said Howell of his four years on the council. “It was a hard decision, but family comes first.”

Howell said that he and his wife plan to become snowbirds and will spend their winters in Mexico Beach.

Mayor Al Cathey expressed his remorse at hearing Howell’s resignation but took the opportunity to wish him the best.

The remaining councilmembers provided words of encouragement to Howell and quickly moved to discussion of how a replacement would be found.

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