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Public forums will be held ahead of mayoral recall in Bradenton Beach

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BRADENTON BEACH, Fla -- A date has been set for a mayoral recall election in Bradenton Beach.

Residents will decide whether to remove Bill Shearon from his position as mayor, on May 19th.

A committee in favor of removing Mayor Shearon recently submitted a petition to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office.

The petition had enough signatures for a judge to authorize a recall.

Shearon is accused of misusing city funds, causing poor morale and violating state public records law.

He denies those claims.

According to published reports, at least two public meetings will be held before the recall election, so the group can explain why they want the mayor removed.

The first meeting will be held this Thursday at the Sandpiper Resort Clubhouse at 6:30 pm.

The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 28th at West Manatee Fire and Rescue Volunteers Hall at 6:30 pm.