Manatee cheerleaders get their own day in Bradenton

jajones1@bradenton.comFebruary 27, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Mayor Wayne Poston and five Bradenton City Council members were cheerleaders Wednesday night.

The officials broke out their pom-poms and big smiles while congratulating the Manatee High School cheerleaders for winning a state championship, and following that up with a sixth-place finish in nationals earlier this year.

The pom-poms were the exclamation point on a city proclamation, making Wednesday into Manatee High School Cheerleaders Day.

Coach Kelly Althof led her squad of cheerleaders to the front of the council chambers, where they performed one of their patented ceiling-high acrobatic stunts.

Councilman Gene Gallo, a 1957 Manatee grad, said he was proud of the way they cheerleaders represented Bradenton and their school in competitions.

In other business, council members:

• Approved a special use amendment to allow Firkins Auto to use a former Manatee School District storage facility as an auto repair shop at 109 26th Ave. W.

• Approved a request by Widewater Bradenton LLC to allow alcohol consumption at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 309 10th St. W. It allows the sale and consumption of wine and beer at the hotel, and allows the hotel to host events where alcohol is served.

• Held first hearings on ordinances to amend the land-use map for property annexed into the city at 4465 State Road 64 East, adjacent to a proposed Wawa convenience store. Additional retail space is planned at the location.

• Approved the appointment of Norma Dunwoody to Bradenton Housing Authority. Dunwoody promised to do what she can to help the scandal-rocked housing authority regain its good name.

• Moved the next Main Street Live to March 15 for St. Patrick's Day.

• Approved the Shamrock 5K Run/Walk for March 15.

• Declared March 2-8 Engineers Week, and praised city engineers for work they had done on the Ware's Creek dredging project and the delivery of reclaimed water to Lakewood Ranch.

"Reclaimed water is a safe product that we should use to the best of our ability," said Claude Tankersley, city director of public works and utilities.

The reclaimed water is being safely returned to the Braden River watershed, Tankersley said.

James A. Jones Jr., Herald reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter: @jajones1.

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