Third District Court of Appeals Judge Gerald Cope has resigned/retired effective Halloween, 2010. Judge Cope was Chief Judge of the court from 2005-2007 and has been on the bench 21 years. Judge Cope will join the Borg Mothership Akerman Senterfitt (Motto: Resistance is futile).
The 3rd DCA also announced that former Chief Judge Thomas Barkdull, Jr., passed away on July 10, 2010. Judge Barkdull was Chief Judge from 1963 to 1976 and was on the court from 1961 to 1996. That's 35 years to you robed readers, and that's why the courthouse bears his name.
Here is the full 3rd DCA obituary.