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Date of Issue: January 21, 2009

Trash collects at east end of AMI Bridge

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Large amounts of trash from the Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation have begun to collect at the east end of the bridge near the trailers and along the right of way on Manatee Avenue used by contractor Quinn Construction Inc. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy.
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Waste material from the AMI Bridge project includes a cable reel and hazmat boom, both visible at low tide..
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A boat stored on the right of way by the contractor does not appear to be licensed and it hasn't been used for some time, judging by the piles of debris surrounding it.

Anna Maria Island Bridge contractor Quinn Construction Inc. of Palmetto has been on the site for nearly 10 months, and the collection of trash and waste materials at the east end of the bridge has steadily mounted.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson Audrey Clarke said the contractor has a master cleanup plan to implement when the project is completed, but no cleanup is scheduled before then. The project is slated to finish by summer.

Clarke said she would speak to company officials to determine if some immediate cleanup would be undertaken. She said a boat stored on the north side of the east entrance is used by the contractor to inspect the bridge and make repairs to the structure.

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohhenberger said that he’s not driven over the east end of the bridge during daylight for some time, but would make it a point to look at the current collection of trash. City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens also pledged to inspect the area, which is in Manatee County, but, as right of way, is controlled by the DOT.

Last November, Bohnenberger warned that even though the area is not part of Holmes Beach, it is the gateway to the city and was unsightly, particularly to visitors coming to Anna Maria Island.