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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Code enforcement officer quits in Bradenton Beach

The code enforcement officer in Bradenton Beach has tendered her resignation effective Feb. 25.

"Due to lack of management support, company structure and low morale, I find it necessary to serve notice of resignation," Dawn Betts wrote in a letter to the mayor and city commission.

Betts, who held her position two years, is the second official to leave city employ in the past few weeks. Building Official Bob Welch resigned his position in early January, citing pressure from commissioners.

Perhaps contributing to Betts' departure was a city commission decision last week to table two requests she had made to have ordinances drafted to strengthen a prohibition on feeding birds and to remove ficus trees, described by state officials as a nuisance.