No through traffic
This Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy was on duty Monday, Sept. 28, at the Manatee Avenue-75th Street intersection to assist traffic diverting onto the detour route to Anna Maria Island. Some visitors to the Island, however, have said the detour signs indicating the direction motorists should take to reach the Island are unclear. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Chamber: 'Be positive' during bridge closure by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
While traffic to and from the mainland has to use the Cortez Bridge for the next five weeks, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said it’s time to put the past behind and let people know that the Island is here, with beautiful beaches and lots of shops and restaurants.
The humpback bridge on 127th Street in Cortez was opened to vehicles Sept. 23 following replacement of the bridge with $18 million in private financing from Norm Burke, developer of the Bradenton Boat Club marina and boat-storage facility on Cortez Road. Burke needed the bridge to be taller to accommodate boats accessing the marina and the Florida Department of Transportation will reimburse Burke from a future budget. The work started in May. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
High court: renourishment a state duty by Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
The Florida Supreme Court Sept. 29 ruled that the state has a duty to renourish critically eroded shorelines.
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