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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Barreda resigns

Citing increased workloads from both his business and his commission duties, Ward 3 Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Peter Barreda has resigned his post. May 6 will be his last day as an elected official in the city.

He took office last November.

"I am stepping down due to time issues," Barreda said in an April 27 letter. "Being a commissioner is a full-time job. I have a business that requires 70 hours a week of my time. I am also diabetic and need to take care of myself and find it very hard to do this. As much as I want to keep plugging, I have come to realize that taking care of myself is very important."

Barreda said that as owner of Cortez Kitchen restaurant and as a commissioner the workload became too much.

"As a commissioner I was probably spending 30 hours a week in meetings or doing homework," he said. "It was just more work than I expected, and the workload is getting heavier."

Bradenton Beach has launched into a marathon of meetings in recent months on a wide range of issues. In the coming months, even more meetings are expected as commissioners grapple with the 2004-05 budget for the city.

The city commission is scheduled to discuss Barreda's resignation Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. during its regular meeting.

According to the city charter, "Whenever there is a vacancy, the commissioner shall propose by nomination one or more names of willing and qualified successors for the vacancy. The commission will then vote among the nominees to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term. If a majority of the commissioners are unable to fill a vacancy or vacancies after two meetings, then the successor shall by chosen by lot by the city clerk from the nominees proposed."

This is the second time in as many years that the Ward 3 commission seat has become vacant. Ross Benjamin was elected in November 2001, serving about six months before resigning. Scott Barr was appointed to serve out his term, losing to Barreda in November 2003.

Ward 3 extends from the south side of Seventh Street North to the north side of First Street and includes the Pines Trailer Park. Nominees for the position must be qualified electors of Bradenton Beach who have lived in the ward for at least nine months.

Commissioners are paid $4,800 annually.

"It has truly been a pleasure working with all of you," Barreda said of his tenure on the commission. "The people that work for the city are very dedicated and hard working. These people are truly an asset to our community, and they care. I thank them for all of their help."

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