Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach officials quit over financial disclosure

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Town of Longboat Key Town Hall

A Longboat Key town commissioner and a Bradenton Beach commissioner joined dozens of elected officials across Florida who resigned early rather than file new in-depth financial disclosure forms required by the state this year.

Debbie Murphy left her post as a Longboat Key town commissioner on Dec. 24, although she announced her intention to resign in November.

Jake Spooner left his seat as a Bradenton Beach commissioner on Dec. 28 by sending a one-paragraph email to city officials.

“I have cherished the opportunity to contribute to our city’s growth and to collaborate on initiatives that have improved our residents’ quality of life,” Spooner wrote. “However, due to recent changes in the state law pertaining to financial disclosure requirements for city officials, I find it necessary to step down from my position at this time. Thank you for the opportunity to serve Bradenton Beach. It has truly been a meaningful period in my life.”

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