In a surprise move reported by WJCT, Tony Allegretti, the executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville decided to step down today. In his resignation letter, Allegretti wrote that he plans to focus on a "significant opportunity" and his family's "entrepreneurial ventures."
Allegretti has been a long-time proponent of Downtown Jacksonville and the Urban Core. He was the Market Manager of the Riverside Arts Market and one of the founders of Art Walk. He has served in the CCGJ executive position since 2014 and says that he plans to stick around to help with the search and settling-in of the new director. He also has previously publicly stated (as WJCT reported) that he never saw this position as lasting longer than 5 years (many, many folks to answer to), and that he is very proud of all he has been able to accomplish during his stint at the helm.
"I'll cherish my time leading the Cultural Council and I'll remain a resource and strong advocate for the organization and the entire massive, beautiful arts and cultural community," is the sentiment upon which he ended his letter.