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Date of Issue: January 20, 2010

City seeks to replace Gulf Drive border

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The Bradenton Beach ScenicWaves advisory committee wants to replace the delineators along Gulf Drive north of Cortez Road, possibly with native plants. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

A Bradenton Beach advisory committee wants to replace a series of pickets and reflective delineators along Gulf Drive, possibly with plants.

ScenicWaves, a volunteer advisory committee that recommends improvements along the Gulf Drive scenic highway in Bradenton Beach, discussed removing the delineators during a meeting Jan. 11.

Committee members agreed that the delineators do not help to beautify the drive, but they also were in agreement that the markers help prevent motorists from parking along the roadside north of Cortez Road.

“We all like the idea that those pickets go away,” said committee member Sissy Quinn.

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale and Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization representative Bob Herrington cautioned against asking the Florida Department of Transportation to remove the delineators without another method to prevent parking along Gulf Drive.

“If you take the delineators out prior, I can guarantee that everyone will park there,” Speciale said.

“I like what the chief is saying,” Herrington added. “Before you take step No. 1, you have to have a step No. 2.”

Committee members discussed a variety of options, including using bollards and ropes.

Committee member Ed Chiles suggested using plants.

“We’ve talked about this concept of using native landscaping,” he said. “That’s a great piece of linear property.… I think it’s a great opportunity.”

Speciale responded, “That’s the best idea I’ve heard.”

He said a problem with bollards is that they are not “breakaway,” a priority for the DOT.

Herrington added, “You can’t just throw up a brick wall.”

Eventually the committee passed a motion indicating to FDOT its interest in seeing the Gulf Drive delineators north of Cortez replaced, possibly with native landscaping.