Bradenton nurse given key to the city for Boston bombing heroism

jdeleon@bradenton.comApril 25, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A Bradenton nurse was recognized for her bravery helping the injured in the Boston Marathon bombings Wednesday with a key to the city and a day in her honor.

Mayor Wayne Poston proclaimed April 24 Katie Powers Day for her heroism aiding those wounded by the two bombs at the Boston Marathon.

"She demonstrated courage under fire," Poston said at Wednesday's city council meeting. "Katie choose to stay and save lives. Simply said that is who Katie is."

Powers was on hand for the occasion.

"I accept this proclamation with gratitude and humility," Powers said wearing her jacket from the race as Poston handed her the key to the city.

Powers, a registered nurse and lactation consultant at Manatee Hospital with 30 years experience, was volunteering at the Boston Marathon runner's aid tent for the fourth year.

"I wear this jacket as a symbol of all the medical personnel that was there," Powers said. "It was an honor and a blessing to be there that day, despite what happened."

In other news, the city council unanimously approved an ordinance amending its form-based code land use regulations, despite opposition by Councilman Gene Gallo.

"I'm not opposed to form-based code in general. It has its place," Gallo said. "I'm just opposed to the large geographic area this code has applied it to."

While no boundary changes were made, Gallo said the form-based code should only be applied to the heart of downtown.

"To go as far out with it as we did, I think is wrong," Gallo said.

The ordinance gives council members the right to appeal decisions made by the Planning Commission.

Code changes include the addition of overlay districts for the Historic District, Antiques District and Village of the Arts District.

City Planner Tim Polk supported all proposed changes, which carried the recommendation of the city planning staff.

"We are starting to see a lot more requests coming into

our downtown area," Polk said. "People, once they start to understand what they can do, they are OK with it."

With no opposition to the ordinance the city council voted 4-0 in favor.

"Definitely when we approve form-based codes we are moving into modern city planning," Councilman Patrick Roff said.

Councilman Gene Brown had an excused absence from Wednesday night's meeting.

Jessica De Leon, Herald Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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