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Tampa Palms board appoints new member

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TAMPA PALMS - Jim Soley, a 15-year resident of the Kensington subdivision, has been appointed to serve the remainder of Randy Marlowe's term on the Tampa Palms Community Development District Board of Supervisors.

The community development district board members made the decision Wednesday by unanimous vote at their monthly meeting at the Compton Park Community Center.

Marlowe stepped down as a supervisor in June to focus on health issues. Soley will fill the seat until November 2016.

Soley, owner of Florida Financial Insurance Co., is a longtime observer of the five-member special taxing authority. He has been a frequent participant at the district board meetings for about six years, Soley said.

"I have been coming to these meetings for a long time," Soley said to the supervisors after the vote. "I admire every one of you. I hope I can live up to the standards."

Tampa Palms' community development district is headed by five elected officials who manage a $2.3 million annual budget for upkeep of the community's common areas, including parks, irrigation systems and privacy walls.

Supervisor Patty Maney recommended Soley for the post. He was the only candidate mentioned during the board's short discussion about the appointment.

Maney said Soley was knowledgeable and well verse on the issues Marlowe handled as a supervisor.

"He would be an asset indeed to have him on the board," Supervisor Phil Shimer said.

Marlowe, who had served on the board since November 2004, developed the background and knowledge to provide guidance on issues ranging from community parks to structures in the common area to the pond system.

Soley plans to seek a full-term on the board in the November 2016 elections.

As part of the appointment, the supervisors reconfirmed Gene Field to remain the board chairman and Shimer to serve as vice chairman.

The board also approved a resolution honoring Marlowe for his years of service. Marlowe, who participated in the meeting via teleconference call, was named assistant secretary-member emeritus.

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