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P&Z chair; one other resigns

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Following a contentious May 3 Bradenton Beach city commission meeting, two members of the planning and zoning board have tendered their resignations.

P&Z chair Rick Bisio was the first to resign. In a letter to the city dated the same day as the meeting, Bisio thanked the city for the opportunity to serve for more than 10 years.

“Unfortunately, it is quite clear that my value to the city has reached its end,” Bisio wrote. “As a result, I am tendering my resignation.”

A second letter of resignation was submitted by board member Bill Shearon May 4.

“With deep regret and disappointment, I am requesting you appoint a replacement to complete my term as a member of the planning and zoning board,” Shearon wrote.

The resignations followed a meeting where P&Z board members were accused by Commissioner Ric Gatehouse as presenting “tainted” findings in their decision to reject the city’s joint development agreement with BeachHouse owner Ed Chiles for a dune/parking project across from city hall.

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