LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Eva Rey, executive director of Lakewood Ranch Town Hall the past four years, has tendered her resignation effective Oct. 8.
Rey, who worked with the Inter-District Authority and community development districts to provide local governance and services for Lakewood Ranch residents, is going to work for Viera Co., a master planned community of about 20,000 in Brevard County
She will be director of community management, working with the developer controlled homeowner association board, running the Viera information center and serving as developer liaison with residents.
Rey was recruited for the new job by Todd Pokrywa, formerly vice president of strategic affairs at Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. On Oct. 1, 2014, he became senior vice president, land-use planning and development for Viera Co.
"It was the toughest decision I ever had to make. I was constantly making pro-con lists and they were coming out even. It tore me up inside," Rey said Wednesday. "The Viera Co. is very exciting, growing and electric."
Rey has committed to helping Lakewood Ranch supervisors find a replacement.
Rey became Lakewood Ranch's second executive director in 20111, replacing Bob Fernandez. Previously she worked as director of purchasing and support services at The Villages near Ocala.
She began a new three-year contract in 2014 for her Lakewood Ranch job with a pay raise to $136,500 annually.