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Date of Issue: April 08, 2009

State reviews grant for mooring field

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reviewing Bradenton Beach’s request for a $220,000 grant to implement a recreational boating plan.

The plan, which is being developed, involves establishing an anchorage and mooring field south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier, creating a kayak and canoe launch at Herb Dolan North Park and opening a harbor master office on the pier.

The city’s pier management team, which consists of staff and elected officials with various responsibilities regarding the pier complex, briefly discussed the boating plan April 2 at city hall.

Lisa Marie Phillips, the city’s project/program manager, informed the team that she had submitted the grant application to the FWC’s boating improvements division.

She said the city is seeking funding for a pump-out station for boaters, to build out the harbor master office on the pier and to design, engineer and install the mooring field.

“It’s pretty inclusive and I just hope it comes through,” Phillips said.

The city’s financial contribution would be about $32,000, as well as about $20,000 in-kind support, such as labor costs.

The master plan is due to be completed by late June, with much of the work being done by a contractor, Scheda Ecological Associates, in partnership with city staff and a newly appointed managed anchorage and mooring field committee.

The committee is scheduled to meet three times this month to work on the plan.

“It’s all about getting the plan done,” Phillips said.

In other business at the pier team meeting, the group agreed that the public works department would paint “Please do not feed the wildlife” on the pier railings to respond to complaints about people feeding birds, dolphins and manatees at the site.

The next pier team meeting will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at city hall.

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