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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

No structures on Gulf Drive right of way

The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Committee Corridor Management Entity got some good news about Gulf Drive at its Jan. 25 meeting.

Surveyor Jennie Brannon of the engineering firm of Wilson Miller had originally reported to the CME that some of the city rights of way along Gulf Drive around Fifth Street South did not match with the Florida Department of Transportation monuments (The Islander, Jan. 19). That news had sparked fears that construction of a long-awaited multi-use path along the west side of Gulf Drive to Coquina Beach might be in jeopardy because of right-of-way and encroachment issues.

Not to worry, said Brannon. After further investigation, she reported that the DOT said it did not take rights of way using the centerline of the road, "and there are no buildings in the right of way."

Although there are still some minor issues to be resolved with the DOT and the new permanent survey line and accompanying survey prepared Wilson Miller recorded. "The situation is not as bad as we thought," Brannon noted.

Mike Sosadeeter of the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department added his own good news.

He had originally thought the path would cross a DOT right of way, making the path ineligible for grant funding. After discussions with the DOT, however, Sosadeeter doesn't believe there's going to be a right of way issue.

In other CME business, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Ann Brockman reported that the sign at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection that will welcome people to Anna Maria Island and its three cities will be installed between Feb. 7 and Feb. 11. The chamber is donating the sign.

Bradenton Beach Building Official Ed Mc Adam said he would have a letter to the CME ready for its next meeting outlining his concerns about certain areas along Gulf Drive that might be violating city codes.

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