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03/14/2014

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The official custodian of St. Armands Circle is stepping aside. On Tuesday, March 11, Marty Rappaport resigned as the chairman of the Business Improvement District (BID), which he helped found 11 years ago. Prior to that, he spent 15 years participating in and leading the St. Armands Commercial L a n d O w n e r s Association, the pre- decessor to the BID. Rappaport will remain a m e m b e r o f t h e board, but he turned over the gavel to board member Gavin Meshad. Rappaport will be vice chairman. Rappaport said he needs to spend more time with his wife, who is in weak health. "I cannot allocate the amount of time this position requires," he told his colleagues. "I am asking that I get a sabbatical from the position." M e s h a d t h e n w a s e l e c t e d c h a i r m a n . B o a r d m e m b e r M i c h a e l Va l e n t i n o w i l l a s s u m e t h e r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s o f BID secretary. Marty Rappaport sits at the head of the table Tuesday, March 11. To his left are Michael Valentino and Gavin Meshad, the other two members of the Business Improvement District board. Photo by Stan Zimmerman ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE BUSINESSES GET A NEW LEADER RAPPAPORT STEPS ASIDE I find it a little bit offensive we can't keep the promises we made in the past because we don't have the money but are willing to match a grant for something new, which will also require maintenance. Marty Rappaport Vice Chairman St. Armands Business Improvement District By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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