Bradenton considers what to do with surplus properties

Bradenton council discusses fate of surplus real estate

jtate@bradenton.comOctober 31, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council decided Wednesday to handle the potential sale of surplus properties on a individual basis.

Councilman Bemis Smith said there's no need to rush to sell everything at once. He said the city should get the best market value for each property.

"I think it's great that we evaluate the property the city owns," said Smith. "I don't think we need to have a mass rush to get rid of it as quickly as we can."

City Clerk Carl Callahan was directed to determine properties not being used and those city department heads believe have no future city uses.

"Then let it be known in the community that these are out there," said Callahan.

There is no official list of surplus properties owned by the city, but officials said they include the old Manatee Players theater on the Manatee riverfront and parcels near the city reservoir.

Callahan said although no contracts are finalized for any of the properties, a workshop Wednesday was to discuss what the city would want to do with each property.

Callahan said the consensus was the council will handle each deal on a individual basis.

Smith said the city needs to determine if it wants taxpayers' money tied up in the properties.

"It does nobody good for them to sit there," said Smith. "We need to run the government the best we can, like an efficient business."

The Bradenton City Council meets next at 9 a.m. Wednesday for a workshop.

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.

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