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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Ward 3 seat applicants sought in Bradenton Beach

HELP WANTED: Ward 3 position on Bradenton Beach City Commission. Part-time (?!). Must be resident, registered voter in ward for at least nine months prior to June 3, 2004. Ward is from the south side of Seventh Street North to the north side of First Street and includes the Pines Trailer Park. Some night meetings. Pay: $4,800 per year.

City commissioners are planning to go door-to-door handing out a more detailed description of the above to residents in Ward 3 to solicit nominees for the commission seat vacated by the resignation of Peter Barreda earlier this month. Barreda's resignation was prompted by increased business commitments and health issues.

The commission is expected to name his successor June 3.

A number of financial disclosure forms must be filed periodically with the city, including assets, by the new commissioner.

City officials suggest applicants write a brief request for consideration including qualifications and experience. Hobbies and special interests are encouraged. Letters of intent may be sent or dropped off to city hall, 107 Gulf Drive, by June 1.

As of Monday, only one application had been submitted - Ross Benjamin, who held the seat from November 2001 to July 2002. He resigned from the commission, citing verbal attacks against he and wife Ellen as his reason for departing.