Douglas, who made his announcement at today's commission meeting, said he will officially step down in November. His retirement, which will be preceded by a period of sick leave, is related to his battle with lung cancer.
"It was a very difficult decision and it was disease driven," he told the Associated Press. "I'm at peace with it - it's been an incredible 41 years. It's been a meaningful, purposeful legacy."
The full Associated Press story on the announcement is posted at SacBee.com.
PHOTO CREDIT: A Wednesday March 30,2005 file photo showing Peter Douglas, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, at in his office in San Francisco. Jeff Chu, Associated Press.