Mr. Barbetta was first elected to the Sarasota County Commission in 2006 and served for eight years. He is admitted to the New York and Florida Bar and also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Barbetta graduated from LaSalle Military Institute in Troy, NY, and then received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fordham University in New York City. He then earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Union University-Albany Law School in Albany, NY. He previously practiced law in Clifton Park, NY in the areas of real estate development, planning, zoning and land use.
Mr. Barbetta is a former member and Chairman of the Sarasota County Planning Commission, serving on that board for 14-1/2 years. He is also a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, and a current Board member of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Center For Architecture, Sarasota, and the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, and is on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Southwest Florida Council. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Visit Sarasota, and the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Barbetta was a founding board member of Rebuild Sarasota, a division of Habitat for Humanity, and a founding board member of the Sarasota Area Sports Authority. Mr. Barbetta is also active in several other civic organizations in the Sarasota County area.
Mr. Barbetta resides in the City of Sarasota with his wife, Mary Kenealy-Barbetta.