BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - There was a major shakeup at the Canaveral Port Authority Wednesday when CEO Stan Payne was voted out of a job.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to remove Payne from his post and replace him with interim CEO John Walsh.
"We've really achieved two things today, which I think we needed: a change in leadership, but we have the expertise of Payne in the short-term to finalize some agreements," said Tom Weinberg, Canaveral Port Authority
Payne is now on administrative leave, but he has 90 days to finalize any pending agreements, including a new
It's a significant contract for Payne and commissioners, who've been critical of him in other areas in recent months.
There were questions about high employee turnover, criticism over a lack of a comprehensive plan for the port's new welcome center and an outcry over a port video that many complained bashed local business owners.
"The port's doing really well. My parting gift was the Carnival contract," said Payne.
And the board's parting gift to Payne was a 20-week severance package worth about $130,000.
Commissioners said they have started a