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Date of Issue: July 07, 2005

Beach renourishment starts in Holmes Beach - Anna Maria last
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The Goodloe dredge arrives offshore of Anna Maria Island Tuesday. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Meilner

The emergency beach renourishment project scheduled to begin this week on Anna Maria Island will start in Holmes Beach, not Anna Maria, according to Rick Spadoni of Coastal Planning and Engineering, the company overseeing the project.

"Anna Maria's portion will come at the end," said Spadoni, because the Manatee County is paying to renourish Anna Maria's .6 mile of beach, not federal dollars.

"I expect Anna Maria renourishment will start about six to eight weeks from now," barring inclement weather, he added.

Contractor Goodloe Marine of Apollo Beach has not yet submitted its cost proposal for the Anna Maria section of renourishment, although the county has funds available. Spadoni said agreeing to a price for Anna Maria should not be a problem, particularly since the beach area in that city only needs about 32,000 cubic yards of sand.

Because Anna Maria's portion of the 2002 beach renourishment project was funded from state and county sources, not the federal government, that city's section of beach renourishment has to be negotiated separately with Goodloe, Spadoni said. The $4.2 million emergency beach renourishment for the Island this summer is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Spadoni did say that Goodloe Marine has agreed to pipe sand to Anna Maria.

The Goodloe dredge arrived at the Island's northwest coast yesterday and work crews and equipment should be on the beach this week in Holmes Beach. Crews will work south from Holmes Beach through Bradenton Beach before turning their attention to Anna Maria.

Ben Goodloe of Goodloe Marine said Anna Maria renourishment should only take about seven to 10 days. He estimated the entire project could be completed in about 100 days, unless bad weather or equipment problems intervene. The Corps has given Goodloe about four months to complete the project.

Engineers from Coastal Planning and Engineering will be on the beach daily inspecting the project, Spadoni said.

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