Biting the hand that feeds them?
A recent Herald article suggested that there might soon be a minimum charge for water/sewage for the seasonal residents of Bradenton in lieu of the "turn on/off" fees now in place. This grand scheme would net an estimated $200,000 in revenue per year.
While I can't verify the estimate, I can predict that such a move will have a negative affect on the local economy as seasonal residents show their displeasure by relocating to other locales where they aren't penalized for being part-time residents. To charge one for water/sewage when there is no usage is theft, pure and simple.
It is a much safer alternative for the owner to have the water turned off when not in residence so there is no danger of a broken water line flooding their property, and there is already a fee collected for that service.
Hopefully, the city managers will discard this proposal and instead look for ways to encourage these seasonal visitors to spend more of their time (and therefore more of their dollars) in the beautiful city of Bradenton -- but for goods and services actually rendered, not stolen.