Larry Bustle re-elected chairman of Manatee County Commission

December 3, 2013 

Commissioner Larry Bustle tries to control the proceedings during the Manatee County Commission's public hearing on Long Bar Pointe and proposed changes to the county's comprehensive plan Tuesday at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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MANATEE -- County Commissioner Larry Bustle on Tuesday was reelected chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and Commissioner Carol Whitmore was again appointed chair of the Port Authority as commissioners voted on 2014’s leadership and committee appointments.

Commissioners unanimously voted to maintain all of their 2013 appointments with the exception of the Tourist Development Council representative and chairwoman. For that position, the board unanimously elected District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh.

Bustle, a decorated U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, who was recently named Manatee County Veteran of the Year and the former mayor of Palmetto, has been District 1 commissioner since 2008.

Commissioner Michael Gallen will continue as the board’s first vice chairman. At-large Commissioner Betsy Benac will again be second vice chairman and Commissioner John Chappie will be third vice chairman.

Commissioners also voted on 2014 officers’ positions for the other boards on which they serve.

Chappie will continue as first vice chairman of the Port Authority; Gallen will be second vice chairman; and Baugh will be third vice chairman.

Commissioner Robin DiSabatino was again elected chair of the Civic Center Authority. Baugh will be first vice chairman; Benac will be Second Vice chairman; and Bustle will be third vice chairman.

Benac will again serve as chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency. Gallen will continue as vice chairman.

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