MANATEE -- Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle expects to return to his regular commission responsibilities in September.
"Working with my medical team, I hope to get clearance to return home by the end of August where I will continue my recovery," Bustle said in a statement to the county. "By September, I should be able to participate in regular County Commission meetings by telephone and by October, I expect to attend meetings in person."
Bustle, the District 1 commissioner, suffered the stroke May 11 during a Manatee County Chamber of Commerce breakfast featuring briefings from state lawmakers.
Bustle, 80, a former mayor of Palmetto, has filed to run for a third four-year term on the commission in the 2016 elections.
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"My rehabilitation has progressed very well and I've regained considerable motion in my left arm and leg," Bustle said Wednesday.
The health update comes after some residents expressed concerns with the commissioner not attending meetings.
Katherine Morningstar said District 1 is going without representation on the commission.
"I am concerned about the fact that they are not being represented fully," Morningstar said.
County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh told the residents at Tuesday's meeting Bustle is doing "very well."
"For his district, it's not being not represented," Baugh said. "We have two at-large commissioners. ... Most of us are working to make sure there is representation."
Bustle's statement said he owes "a special thanks to Commissioners Whitmore and Benac, the two at-large commissioners, who have been on top of the issues in my district. I've continued to monitor county business by speaking regularly with staff, reading email and following the business of the board."
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.