Manatee commission would have to vote to relocate monument with Confederate flag

As Hillsborough County, Manatee County’s neighbor to the north, debates whether to remove a Confederate monument from Tampa, the heated argument has yet to make it to Bradenton.

But a 93-year-old Confederate monument, with the Confederate flag on one side, sits outside the Manatee County Historic Courthouse. And a similar discussion has started in Bradenton. If it should escalate to a public debate, the decision whether to remove or relocate the marble gray-colored monument would be left to the Manatee County Commission, says Angel Colonneso, the county’s clerk of the circuit court.

“Any decision would have to come from the board,” Colonneso said Monday. “On March 3, 1924, the Board of County Commissioners voted to allow the monument, so any decision surrounding the monument would have to come from the Board of County Commissioners.”

The county commission is on summer recess until July 25. As of Monday, there had no been discussion set, according to Nick Azzara, county spokesman.

Other cities in the South, including New Orleans, have removed their Confederate memorials in recent years.

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