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Date of Issue: January 12, 2006

Boundary expansion approved by county for Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach has received the blessing of Manatee County officials to expand its boundaries into Anna Maria Sound and the Gulf of Mexico.

Manatee County commissioners last week offered no objections to the boundary expansion, but did recommend to the Florida Legislature that the total expansion be limited to "extra-territorial law enforcement powers."

Full boundary expansion, as recommended by the county commission, could take place only for those waters to be included in the city's proposed mooring field, an area south of the city pier off Bridge Street.

The city has been discussing the boundary expansion for several years in order to better enforce marine-related laws in the waters off the city. The city limits currently end at the water's edge.

"We will be able to enforce the county's ordinance on the water," said City Attorney Ricinda Perry, "but the city cannot enact any of its own."

The measure now has to be approved by the Florida Legislature, then the bill signed by Gov. Jeb Bush. The question will then be placed before voters in the form of a charter amendment.