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Commission will consider voter referendum on tax issues

Commission will consider voter referendum on tax issues

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County Commission on Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. is scheduled to discuss a referendum on community tax issues.

The Board is expected to make a final decision on whether to hold a public referendum on June 18, 2013 – as currently scheduled – or to move it to August 6, 2013.

County seeks community input on $1.9 million in CDBG projects

County seeks community input on $1.9 million in CDBG projects

Manatee County, Florida -- As they plan how to spend this year’s estimated $1,901,101 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), within the eligible areas of Manatee County, Neighborhood Services officials are looking for more community input than ever.

Manatee County will host four community meetings to ask residents how they would like to see the 2013-14 federal money spent to improve their neighborhoods.

Commission moves to extend County Administrator beyond 2014

Commission moves to extend County Administrator beyond 2014

Manatee County, Florida -- Following the County Administrator’s Annual Report to the Board Tuesday, County Commissioners unanimously moved to begin contract extension negotiations that would retain Ed Hunzeker beyond his planned 2014 retirement date.

“(Hunzeker) has accomplished many money saving measures in his time here and he’s given us a peek of an ambitious agenda ahead,” Commission Chairman Larry Bustle said of Hunzeker. “Ed’s leadership is vital. I think it’s a bad time to let him go.”

Scott: Port shutdowns not an option for FL families

Scott: Port shutdowns not an option for FL families

Tallahassee, Florida - Gov. Rick Scott and leaders of Florida ports are urging President Obama to take action to prevent a possible strike by port workers this weekend.

The contract for members of the International Longshoremen's Association is set to expire Saturday night. The ILA is negotiating with the United States Maritime Alliance.

Gov. Scott says a strike by thousands of longshoremen could affect 550,000 jobs in Florida and send shockwaves through the state's economy. He says transporting cargo shipments generates $66 billion a year in Florida.

Gov. Scott to hold conference call on ports

Gov. Scott to hold conference call on ports

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott will hold a conference call with executives from Florida's ports to discuss how a possible strike would affect the state.

The conference call is planned for Thursday morning and will include port leaders from Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Manatee County, Palm Beach and Port Canaveral.

2013 County Commission committee assignments announced

2013 County Commission committee assignments announced

Manatee County, Florida -- Larry Bustle, Chairman-elect of the 2013 Manatee County Commission, Tuesday issued committee assignments for the upcoming year.

In addition to serving on the County Commission, Port Authority and Community Redevelopment Agencies, Commissioners have a representative on a more than 30 community agencies including Animal Services Advisory Board, the Library Board of Trusties, the Economic Development Council Advisory Board and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Larry Bustle voted 2013 chair of county commission

Larry Bustle voted 2013 chair of county commission

Manatee County Commissioners today announced they unanimously voted Larry Bustle Chairman of the Board as the 2013 leadership and official appointments took shape.

Bustle, a U.S. Air Force veteran and the former Mayor of Palmetto, has been District 1 commissioner since 2008 and was recently re-elected to a second term.