Chairman Larry Bustle, District One
Contact Commissioner Larry Bustle
Party Affiliation: Republican - Elected 2008
|Mailing Address:||The Honorable Larry Bustle |
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, FL 34206
Contact Commissioner Bustle's assistant, Yvonne Tryon, to schedule appointments, follow through on concerns or obtain County information, call (941) 745-3708 or e-mail email@example.com.
Larry Bustle is a native of Manatee County and is a graduate of Manatee County High School. He is married to the former Edie Stevenson and they have four grown children and two grandchildren.
Education & Professional
Larry attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and, after graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He received his pilot wings in 1958 and enjoyed a distinguished career which included service as a fighter pilot and test pilot with over 3300 flying hours. Mr. Bustle flew 130 combat missions in the F-4D Phantom II aircraft during the Vietnam War. For his service in Vietnam he was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, nine Air Medals and the Purple Heart, among others. In 1967 he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering from the US Air Force Institute of Technology, and in 1970 he graduated from the US Air Force Test Pilot School. Later, he served in senior command positions in the Air Force, and retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1984.
Mr. Bustle previously served seven years as the Mayor of Palmetto. On August 26, 2008, he was elected to the Manatee County Commission and is in his fifth year serving as the Manatee County Commissioner representing District 1.
Currently, Commissioner Bustle is serving as Chairman of the Manatee County Commission. He previously served three consecutive year as Chairman of the Manatee County Port Authority. He is the immediate past chairman of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and is vice-chairman of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. Larry is serving a third year as chairman of the Manatee County Public Safety Coordinating Council. Previously he served on the American Patriotism Celebration Task Force and the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council Advisory Board. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the South Florida Museum; past chair of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, former member of the Manatee Veterans Council. He is also a past member of the Community Coalition on Homelessness and the Local School Readiness Coalition. Commissioner Bustle is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXIV.
Board of County Commissioners
- Chairman, 2013
- 1st Vice Chairman, 2012
- 1st Vice Chairman, 2011
- 3rd Vice Chairman, 2010
- 3rd Vice Chairman, 2009
Civic Center Authority
- Member, 2011, 2012 and 2013
- 1st Vice Chairman, 2010
- 1st Vice Chairman, 2009
- Member, 2013
- Chairman, 2012
- Chairman, 2011
- Chairman, 2010
- 2nd Vice Chairman, 2009
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
- Immediate Past Chairman, 2013
- Chairman, 2012
- Treasurer, 2011
- Member, 2010, 2009
- South Florida Museum Board, member
- Manatee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, ex-officio member
- Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, vice hair
- Manatee Veterans Council, past chair
- Community Coalition on Homelessness, past member
- Local School Readiness Coalition, past member
- Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, past member representing the City of Palmetto and current immediate past chair representing Manatee County
- Manasota League of Cities, past member representing the City of Palmetto
- Leadership Florida Class XXIV, graduate
In 2007, Mr. Bustle was presented the Edgar H. Price, Jr., Humanitarian Award at the Palmetto Youth Center Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet.