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Date of Issue: December 29, 2005

Canal dredging projects planned for 2006

In a project short in scope but long in process, Bradenton Beach officials hope to dredge the city’s two canals by mid-2006.

The bayside canals, in the 2100 block off Avenue A, have been filling with silt since the last dredging in the late 1960s. Residents have complained of poor navigation and odor from the sediment-crammed canals for years.

And it’s taken years to work through the process to dredge the pair of basins, according to Bradenton Beach Public Works Director Dottie Poindexter. She and Ward 2 City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips called a neighborhood meeting last week and explained the projects to a dozen residents.

Dredging will scour out a channel in the middle of the canals about 3 feet in width, Poindexter said, which should protect the seawalls and any marine life growing on the sides of the canals. The length of the channel will depend on the scope of work the as-yet-undetermined contractor quotes for the project. Funding for the dredging, $88,000, will come from a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District.

Still to come, Poindexter said, are permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She said she hoped to have the permits in hand and a contractor selected so work could start by April. The project should be completed by the end of June.

The dredged material will be taken by truck to the Herb Dolan North Park, where it will be stockpiled and allowed to drain. Odor-blocking chemicals will be applied daily, she said, and the material will then be taken to the county landfill.

The storm-drain outfalls will also be replaced as part of the project, Poindexter added.

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