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Larry Bustle sends health update to Manatee County Commission

Bustle looks to make full recovery

MANATEE -- Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle said he is being treated well at Blake Medical Center where he's been recuperating from a stroke May 11.

"My left side is weakened but I am regaining strength," Bustle said in an update commission Chairwoman Betsy Benac read during Tuesday's commission meeting. "I was told by my neurologist that I should expect a full recovery. I appreciate the visits and all of the kind wishes and prayers from everyone who has reached out."

Bustle, 79, who suffered a minor hemorrhagic stroke, was taken to Blake after he fell ill during a Manatee County Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

"It's good to hear from Larry that he is doing better," Benac said. "We wish him a speedy recovery but we also want to give him the time that he needs to make that recovery."

'Click it or Ticket' campaign continues through holiday

MANATEE -- With Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Florida Highway Patrol is participating in the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign through May 31.

"Florida's seat belt use rate stands at nearly 89 percent, which represents the highest use rate in Florida history," said Col. David Brierton, FHP director. In 2013, about 59 percent of those killed in crashes weren't wearing their seat belts between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.

Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers, passengers in the front seat and all children under the age of 18 in a motor vehicle.

-- Herald staff reoports