Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Friday, Oct, 31, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: January 10, 2008

Big work going on in northern Cortez

A new business, new buildings going up, a new bridge — it’s all part of a $17 million project along the north side of Cortez Road in the historic fishing village of Cortez.

Reaction to the new massive spread, which drew little opposition during county planning hearings, is almost universal dismay among villagers. But the builder is sure all that will pass when the job is completed.

It is a three-building complex that will accommodate 272 boats in dry storage and 10 at slips. It is a condominium arrangement, with storage spaces now being marketed. Owner, developer and seller is the Bradenton Boat Club, organized for the purpose.

It is the sixth such boatery built in Florida under subcontract by Bellingham Marine, a Puget Sound-based company described as the biggest in the United States. Construction contractor is J.H. Allen Associates.

Owner is Norm Burke, who has offices in Naples. He and his firm recently completed a similar facility in downtown Naples, he said, and “it fits in just fine.” He promised the Cortez buildings will be just as acceptable when they are completed, painted and landscaped. “People see just the skeletons and metal exteriors now,” he said, “but it will be very different with 35-foot palm trees and grass and shrubbery.”

Land access is off Cortez Road and from 123rd Street, while boat traffic will continue to be via the canal that connects with Anna Maria Sound near the Cortez Bridge.

Crossing the canal is an old humpback bridge on 127th Street, and that structure will be replaced, Burke said. It has been condemned by the state. Its replacement will be a bit higher and include a sidewalk, made possible by new technology that requires less concrete, so less space. All will be in the same right of way as the present bridge.

Bridge work will begin about the first of April, Burke said, and take from 30 to 60 days. Traffic will be detoured along back roads during construction.

Construction of the boat condos proceeds meanwhile, Burke said, noting that the first one is getting its “skin” while the second, the largest, is under way and the third will be toward the rear of the four-acre site which was formerly C&C Marina. 

Originally planned for the site were 21 residences and a marina, but boat storage emerged as a better use of the property as boat facilities dwindled across the country, Burke said. Manatee County officials agreed.

Sales of storage spaces are under way now with Allen Goddard as general manager and three or four other employees there. Prices depend on the boat and range from $65,000 to $115,000 for dry storage, $130,000 for a wet slip.

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander