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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

County, city reach tentative Perico agreement

Bradenton and Manatee County reached a tentative agreement late Monday on the county's lawsuit against the Arvida-Perico Island project approved by Bradenton that calls for 686 condominium units on Perico Island.

The compromise presented Tuesday to the county commission calls for building heights on the western side of the project to be lowered, but increased on the eastern side. Arvida would build two 12-story buildings on the western edge along with four six-story and four seven-story buildings. Some buildings on the eastern side would be increased in height, but the total number of units would remain at 686.

Commissioners Joe McClash and Jane von Hahmann opposed the motion to approve the mediation plan.

In addition to a number of other areas in the compromise, the agreement allows either Arvida-St. Joe or the City of Bradenton to opt out if ManaSota-88 or any of the Island cities does not agree to the compromise.

A formal agreement will be presented at the Nov. 9 meeting for ratification. The same document must also be ratified by the Island cities as partners in the lawsuit. ManaSota-88 has a separate lawsuit.