Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - January 26, 2016
January 26, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #72

10:30 A.M. TIME CERTAIN - Renaming of East Bradenton Pool in Honor of Willie J. "Bro" Clemons, Jr.


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks and Natural Resources Dept.
Ext. 6001

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-16-008 renaming the Manatee County East Bradenton Pool in honor of Willie J. "Bro" Clemons, Jr.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statute 125
Resolution R-93-156

Background Discussion
  • On June 24, 1993, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution R-93-156 providing policies and procedures for honoring individuals and organizations by the naming of public facilities.
  • Willie J. Clemons, Jr., was well known throughout Manatee County as a coach and mentor for many young athletes moving through the Manatee County school system at the former Lincoln High School (now Lincoln Middle) and Southeast High School.  "Bro" Clemons, as he preferred to be called, graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960 and from Florida A&M University in 1964.
  • Mr. Clemons was active in the community, serving on boards for organizations such as the Florida Sickle Cell Foundation and directing youth agencies including the Palmetto Youth Center, 13th Avenue Community Center, and the Police Athletic League.
  • Mr. Clemons touched many lives, including many of Manatee County's more notable residents, including three-time Super Bowl champion Henry Lawrence who played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Mr. Mickey Presha, Executive Director of Manatee County Rural Health.  Mr. Presha honored Mr. Clemons in his April 20, 2004, obituary memorial in the April 23. 2004, Herald Tribune article with the quote reflecting on Mr. Clemons as a "mother, father, a friend to everyone in this community, when you say Bro Clemons, you think kids."
  • To honor the passing of this gentleman in April 2004, Commissioner Charles Smith has requested Board consideration to rename the Manatee County East Bradenton pool in honor of Willie J. "Bro" Clemons, Jr., and affix a memorial plaque containing Mr. Clemons' engraved portrait and brief facts about his life history at the entrance of the pool (example memorial plaque attached).

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Provide copy of approved agenda item to Kay Rogers, Parks and Natural Resources, ext. 6043, kay.rogers@mymanatee.org.

Please email a copy of the Resolution to diane.vollmer@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One Time

Attachment:  R-93-156 to Rename.pdf
Attachment:  RESOLUTION R-16-008.pdf
Attachment:  Plaque Sample.pdf
Attachment:  Resolution R-16-008 - Notice of Public Hearing.pdf