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Palm Coast Thursday, Jul. 9, 2020 2 years ago

Jack Howell resigns from Palm Coast City Council, citing personal health reasons

Howell delivered his resignation letter to the city on July 9.
by: Jonathan Simmons Managing Editor

Palm Coast City Councilman Jack Howell has resigned from the City Council, citing personal health reasons. 

"I had cancer-related issues that are presenting themselves again, and I don't want stress because stress is not good on cancer," Howell said July 9. "I'm trying to remove as much stress as I can."

Howell had hand delivered a resignation letter, effective immediately, to Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton the morning of July 9, he said. 

Howell had been the councilman for the District 2 seat, and took office in 2018. A retired Marine Corps colonel and a pilot, Howell is also the founder and CEO of Teens-In-Flight, a local organization that provides flight training to at-risk teens and to children whose service member parents were killed or injured in the line of duty.

"I've enjoyed my time on City Council," Howell said. "Was I frustrated? Yes, because there was a block vote against me. It is what it is, but I new that going in."

He added that his resignation was unrelated to recent controversies about the city's relationship with technology company Coastal Cloud.

"I have to look after me nowadays," he said. "At 77, I don't have too many years left, and my goal is at least to try to make it until next year. And then we'll see what happens after that."


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