MANATEE COUNTY - If a tree executive resigns in Bradenton, does he make a sound?

Christopher Gilbert, the chairman of Bradenton's Tree and Land Preservation Board, sure made noise when he abruptly resigned during Thursday's meeting after a disagreement with the city's planning director and other board members.

According to the Herald Tribune, his departure left the meeting without a quorum, so the session, which was to include discussions about changes to land use regulations and an annual beautification plan, could not continue.

Before he resigned, Gilbert complained that a motion made to get an opinion from the city attorney about using the tree fund for land preservation was not executed according to 

The chairman also said city staff has "completely disregarded" other initiatives of the advisory panel and refused to put items on agendas that he requested.