MANATEE COUNTY – Opponents may feel victimized, but the controversial Manatee County radio tower has claimed two more victims.
The Manatee County Commission cited cited insubordination and major lack of trust as it formaly reprimands County Administrator Ed Hunzeker and County Attorney Mickey Palmer for how they handled a permit for a public safety radio tower under construction off Prospect Road.
Commissioners were angry after residents near Kinnan Elementary School complained that the county conducted no public meetings before construction began on the 185–foot tower.
According to the Herald-Tribune the county administration and its legal staff determined that the permit could be approved by the Building and Development Services Department without public hearings.
Yet commissioners said that, since a meeting in February 2016, they have insisted that the public needed to be consulted before any decision finalizing the tower’s location.