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Date of Issue: April 13, 2006

Boatel presented to planners in Bradenton Beach

Planners have a couple more weeks time to chew on the proposed boatel at the Bradenton Beach Marina.

Planning and zoning board members decided to continue the request by marina owner Allen Bazzy to build 12 motel units at the complex, just south of the Cortez Bridge on Anna Maria Sound, to April 20. There were several issues presented by Bazzy that still need resolution, the board decided.

The boatel would be on lots adjacent to the marina at 208 and 201 Bay Drive N. The project requires a major development approval by the city.

The "hotel for boaters" would encompass 67,644 square feet with parking on the first level and elevated motel units.

Building Official Ed Mc Adam has several stipulations to the project which address landscaping and lighting issues.

Bazzy indicated he had no problem with complying with Mc Adam's concerns.

The boatel would provide an economic incentive to the other businesses in the area, Bazzy said, drawing visitors and tourists to the Bridge Street area. "It will change things from a boat parking lot to a boat resort," he said.

Only one person spoke to the committee on the matter last week.

Resident Frank Banyas, who lives adjacent to the marina, said, "My big concern is increased traffic, dirt and noise. Most people in the neighborhood have moved on, but I've hung on. I'm for improvements and growth, but not at my expense or anyone else's."

More detailed plans for the project are to be provided before the April 20 meeting. The planning and zoning board's recommendation on the boatel will then go to the city commission for a final decision.

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