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Pensacola’s Downtown Improvement Board is again without an top staffer after the agency announced on Tuesday that executive director Curt Morse had resigned.

“Thank you very much for the opportunities for professional and personal development that you have provided,” Morse said in a letter to DIB board chair John Peacock. “I have enjoyed working for the agency and serving the businesses and property owners of downtown, and appreciate the support provided me during my tenure with the organization.”

Morse was hired to lead the DIB in November of 2016. His resignation comes after the DIB’s largely unpopular rollout of a new parking enforcement contract earlier this year, which included changes which roiled many downtown businesses and visitors.

“This is a very unique organization with a lot of dynamic people in it,” Morse said Tuesday. “I’m excited for the future of the DIB and grateful to have helped move things forward.”

Morse’s resignation was accepted by unanimous vote of the organization’s board of directors on Tuesday morning, and Peacock said the board plans to fill the position immediately. “We accept Curt’s resignation and appreciate his service to the DIB,” he said. “The board and I wish him success in his future endeavors.”

The DIB has extended an offer to Lissa Dees, who worked for the agency from 2014 until earlier this year, to serve as interim executive director beginning June 18.

“The Downtown Improvement Board exists to develop and revitalize Pensacola’s downtown core, and with her knowledge and experience Lissa emerged as the best choice to help us continue to execute our vision, without interruption, to make downtown the best place it can be,” said Peacock.

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