Greg Oravec, Port St. Lucie City Manager, says circumstances with city 'untenable'

Port St. Lucie City Manager Greg Oravec suggested Monday that he and the City Council begin negotiating an "amicable separation agreement," according to a memo he issued Monday to the mayor and City Council.

Oravec said the state of their relationship has been "irretrievably altered" and the "circumstances have become untenable and rendered me ineffective."

Oravec said "distractions, rumor and phantoms" as well as "personal attacks from Councilman (Ron) Bowen" have had a "very real impact" on city business.

Oravec said City Attorney Roger Orr on Saturday presented him with an offer to quit in return for two months' severance pay.

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers first interpreted the memo as a letter of resignation. However, reached by phone Monday, Oravec said he is not resigning nor does he intend to resign. He said he would not comment further without first having discussions with the City Council.

This story will be updated.

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