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Date of Issue: March 11, 2009

Holmes Beach seeks share from stimulus pot

Holmes Beach city officials have a wish list of possible projects to fund from the massive federal stimulus package approved by Congress.

At least five projects have the attention of regional transportation planners:

  • Replacement of sidewalks in the city, estimated to cost about $205,000.
  • Improvements at the intersection of East Bay and Gulf drives, estimated to cost $270,000, and involving realignment of the intersection with a pedestrian crossing and possibly replacing the traffic signals with windproof traffic signals.
  • Installation of new sidewalks in the city, estimated to cost $27,000.
  • Replacement of curbing citywide, estimated to cost $210,000.
  • Right-of-way landscaping, estimated to cost $52,000.

These projects were grouped and ranked No. 5 on the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s priority list for stimulus projects, which was adopted last week.

The Federal Highway Administration released the stimulus money for highway improvements March 3 and confirmed that the Manatee-Sarasota area could expect $14.1 million, which means Holmes Beach’s top projects likely will be funded.

The wish list, prepared for the MPO by Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes, also includes $30,000 for repairs to the 63rd Street boat ramp, $28,000 for new police and fire boat docks and $400,000 for improvements to the public works building.

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