Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler made a brief announcement at a June 16 department head meeting that she will not seek another term in November.
The commissioner was married June 16 and said, “My priorities are different now, and I won’t always be able to be in Bradenton Beach.”
City clerk Nora Idso said she was sorry to lose an experienced commissioner. Breuler was first elected to serve Ward 1 in November 2009.
“On behalf of everyone, we are sorry to see you go, but understand your decision,” she said.
There is, however, plenty of city business to take care of before a November election, and commissioners and department heads went to work on their issues.
Idso said she wanted to compliment public works director Tom Woodard and his crew for the part they played in completing the Eighth Street South dock.
The dock was completed around June 18, after two years of closure. Lacking city funding after the city condemned the dock with a promise to rebuild it, residents in the area pooled their money to pay for the project.
It took almost a year for the permitting process to be completed.
Woodard said he would soon present a landscaping plan for city hall using about $500 from his department’s budget.
Commissioners have discussed using $2,600 of Scenic Waves Partnership Committee funding for the city hall project, and renewed that discussion.
“That $2,600 has been sitting there for five years,” Idso said. “It has to be spent this year.”
Scenic Waves designated the funding for a gateway project, but Idso said no official consensus was given to a city project.
Police Chief Sam Speciale announced Officer Eric Hill is back to work, albeit administrative duties only. He continues to recover from his vehicle being struck by a fleeing suspect in March while responding as a backup to the Holmes Beach Police Department.
Hill is currently working at a desk until he can return to patrols.
Initially, Speciale said, doctors said his injuries would end his career, but further tests indicated Hill could recover with rehabilitation. He has been back at work for a couple of weeks.
In other matters, Vice Mayor Ed Straight asked if the city has ordinances to require protest demonstrators to get a permit. Straight said his concern was traffic-related.
Speciale said no such ordinance exists, but that the city does have traffic laws on the books that prohibit such activities from infringing on traffic flow.
“We would typically deal with it that way, if it was causing a traffic problem,” he said.
In other matters, building official Steve Gilbert said the final revisions to the land development code are almost done and would be presented to the planning and zoning board soon.
Following the P&Z review, the revisions will be presented at two public hearings at city commission meetings before adoption.
Gilbert said the city continues to increase revenue from last year with building permit fees and, “Three more new houses are sitting on my desk and five more are coming in soon.”