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Date of Issue: January 23, 2008

Dock repair approved in Bradenton Beach

With a bit of head-scratching, Bradenton Beach planners quickly approved repair of an existing dock jutting out from Canasta Drive into Anna Maria Sound.

As building official Steve Gilbert explained it, there has been some head scratching over apparent conflicts in the city’s land development code.

Paul Grady’s dock at 2310 Canasta Drive was permitted and built in 1999-2001 before he purchased the home. Wear and tear on the 130-foot-long dock took its course, though, and the dock needs repairs.

But, one section of an element within the LDC states that private docks or piers must be no more than 1,000 square feet unless a special exception is granted. Then there’s another provision that limits the length of a dock to no more than 65 feet from shore.

Gilbert recommended that the city’s planning and zoning board grant the dock repair and waive the $1,000 fee for a special exception petition.

The dock will match the existing footprint, dock builder James Annis has said, and repairs will be done as needed.

The matter was unanimously approved, and the recommendation by the planning board will now go before the city commission for a final decision.

In other business, planners continued a long-standing discussion on signs within Bradenton Beach, and the matter was continued again to a later date.