Republican representative from Longboat Key plans to discuss red tide, Social Security, Medicare and veterans' benefits.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced Thursday that he will hold a town hall on Saturday at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton.

“I look forward to talking with people about the important issues facing us, including combating red tide, protecting social security and Medicare and strengthening veterans’ benefits,” Buchanan said in a news release.

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The event begins at noon and tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, is the co-chair of Florida's congressional delegation.