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Manatee Commissioner Larry Bustle expected to make full recovery after suffering 'minor' stroke

MANATEE -- Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle suffered "a minor hemorrhagic stroke" Monday and is expected to make a full recovery, his family said Tuesday.

In a statement released through the county, Bustle's wife Edie and brother Greg said Bustle's condition has improved during the past 24 hours.

"There will be a period of rest, recovery and rehabilitation but doctors have told us that Larry is progressing nicely and a full recovery is expected," the statement reads. "We appreciate the thoughts and prayers of everyone who has reached out to us over the past two days. Larry greatly appreciates those sentiments as well."

Bustle, 79, fell ill during a Manatee County Chamber of Commerce breakfast featuring briefings from state lawmakers, and was taken by ambulance to Blake.

Commission Chairwoman Benac said many county officials have visited Bustle at Blake Medical Center on Monday and Tuesday.

"He's not happy to be there, as you can imagine," Benac said during a break in Tuesday's commission meeting. "He's anxious to get back and join us."

Bustle, a former mayor of Palmetto, has filed to run for a third four-year term on the commission in the 2016 elections.

"We hope he will make it back soon," Benac said. "It's tough to be without our senior leader who has been around the longest."

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