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2011 to bring sand to Coquina Beach

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie said sand renourishment will take place at Coquina Beach in 2011, where beachgoers, lifeguards and turtle watch volunteers have witnessed serious erosion in recent years. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

A major waterfront project in Bradenton Beach is nearing completion and another major project will begin later this year in the city.

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie conveyed to Bradenton Beach city commissioners Jan. 6 that the marine rescue headquarters at Coquina Bayside is nearing completion.

“We’re looking forward to that fairly soon,” Chappie said during the city commission’s first meeting of 2011.

The headquarters will house lifeguards, as well as the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office water patrol, and was built for about $1.4 million.

While construction on the headquarters is ending, additional construction will take place on the south end of the Island with the addition of a dock for the MCSO east of the headquarters.

And, said Chappie, Coquina Beach is due for sand renourishment in 2011.

Chappie said county officials will be meeting with Island city commissions in the coming weeks to discuss renourishment plans.

“We have a big project coming up this year,” he said. “It’s going to do the job.”

Chappie, responding to a question from Mayor Bob Bartelt, said the county also is continuing to work to salvage at least two of three old groins at Cortez Beach.

In other business Jan. 6, the city commission:

• Approved payment of a $5,890 invoice from M.T. Causley for building department services.

• Approved payment of a $6,445 invoice from Christopher, Smith, Leonard, Bristow and Stanell for auditing services.

• Approved payment of a $2,357 invoice from city attorney Ricinda Perry for services in November.

• Approved payment of a $3,521 invoice from Blaylock Walters for research related to drafting a settlement agreement for a long-standing land-dispute case.

• Approved the appointment of Patricia L. Whitesel, a former Palmetto mayor, as an alternate member of the planning and zoning board.

“We’re fortunate to get someone like her,” said City Commissioner Jan Vosburgh.

• Approved payment of invoices totaling $3,504 from Waste Pro of Florida for sanitation assistance for a week when the city’s garbage trucks were down.

“A lot of people don’t understand the unfortunate shape of our equipment,” said Mayor Bob Bartelt. The city, unless it hires out sanitation collection, will need to purchase one — and possibly two — garbage trucks.

The city is drafting a request for bids on sanitation collection, which likely will be reviewed later this month.

The commission’s next regular meeting is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

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