Controversial tower claims two more victims


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.

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at


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