District 1 Supervisor Stewart resigns Lakewood Ranch leadership

dgraham@bradenton.comJuly 9, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- After more than a dozen years of leadership in Lakewood Ranch, Jean Stewart has resigned as supervisor for Community Development District 1, serving Summerfield and Riverwalk.

She also stepped down from representing District 1 on the Inter-District Authority, which she served eight years.

Stewart served onvarious committees in 2000 before joining the District 1 board in September 2004.

"The board will accept her resignation at thenext meeting, then advertise for applications forpeople to fill the position," said Lakewood RanchExecutive Director Eva Rey.

District 1 meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday for an agenda review workshop and 8:30 a.m. Thursday for its regular meeting at Town Hall.

"I have enjoyed being part of the growth that has made Lakewood Ranch the superior community that it is," said Stewart in her June 24 letter of resignation when her house had a pending contract of sale.

That sale didn't go through, but her Summerfield Pines home remains on the market.

"It was great. I enjoyed being there," said Stewart, whose background includes work as an urban planner in Harford County, Md. She also worked for the FBI as a stenographer.

"She will be missed," said District 1 chair June Stroup, who served with Stewart from the beginning days of Lakewood Ranch. She credited Stewart with finding the land where Town Hall would later be built and with always being willing to volunteer to accomplish goals.

"She leads by doing," Stroup said.

"She was on the board from the beginning. I was only on it eight years and it was long enough for me. I had to get off to be on East Manatee Fire Department," said Don O'Leary, former supervisor for District 2, serving Country Club and Edgewater. "She did a fantastic job. You've got to do something good to be there that long."

Dee Graham, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7024, or tweet@DeeGrahamBH.

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