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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Curbside recycling coming to Bradenton Beach - eventually

Curbside recycling could be coming to households in Bradenton Beach by the end of next month.

That's the word from City Commissioner Lisa Maria Phillips, who addressed recycling and other issues at her first community forum for residents in her Ward 2 seat.

The recent incident of a complaint against Phillips to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office was not discussed.

She told about 40 attendees at a Jan. 16 meeting that costs are still being worked out for the curbside pickup program, which is intended to collect aluminum cans, newspapers, glass, plastic and cardboard.

When implemented, each resident will receive a bin and a bucket for recyclables.

Once the funding is determined, Phillips said, the program will start, with pickup slated to be on Thursdays.

Resident Mike Norman urged the city to be vigilant in having the recycling containers removed from the streetscape after pickup. "The visual pollution in Holmes Beach is horrible," he said. "They've got blue boxes out on the street all week."

Phillips said she would bring the matter up before the city commission.

She also said that a part of the sanitation ordinance revision will be the abolition of alley trash and garbage collection.

Residents shared their concerns with Phillips, ranging from a lack of "no dogs on the beach" signs to stricter enforcement of speed limits on city streets. Trash along the alleys was also an issue, as was the dredging of the city's two silt-filled canals.

And a number of citizens were concerned about growth and development within the city. Resident Ernest Clay, also a member of the city's planning and zoning board, said that the city years ago changed its zoning practices from "lot zoning to acreage zoning, so developers can buy up lots and build huge buildings next to your home.

"Lots of property in Bradenton Beach is becoming condos," Clay told the assembly. "It will get to the point that a majority of the people will be seasonal residents, and lots of small business won't have customers six, seven or eight months out of the year, and the quality of life for year-round residents will diminish."

Clay urged all residents to participate in the upcoming estimated two-year-long review of the city's comprehensive plan and land-development code. The first session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at city hall with consultant Tony Arrant.

Residents agreed the community meeting was successful in airing concerns and bringing forward issues, and Phillips agreed to hold another such meeting in about a month. She said she will invite Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale to answer any law enforcement questions.

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