The Florida Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting on the construction of the Anna Maria boardwalk from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The boardwalk will be built along the shore of Tampa Bay at the Anna Maria City Pier.
DOT spokesperson Lauren Hatchell said the meeting is for informational purposes for the project, which is scheduled to begin shortly after the City Pier Centennial Celebration May 13-14.
No formal presentation is planned for the open house, but DOT staff will be available to answer questions, Hatchell said.
Discussion topics could include the length and height of the boardwalk, plaza shelters at the city pier entrance, parking reconfiguration, landscaping, installation of turtle-friendly lighting, benches, irrigation, signage, blocks for news racks and trash enclosures, among others, she said.
The $958,000 federal project is funded by a grant the city received several years ago for a new beautification or improvement project. The DOT administered the grant and supervised the design and build aspects to federal standards. The contract was awarded to Woodruff & Sons Construction Inc. of Bradenton.
City commissioners approved the project in March 2010 with the stipulation that the DOT would bear any cost overruns.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick applied for the grant on behalf of he city in 2006, before her election to the commission.
Information on the boardwalk project is available at www.MySR789.com.
For questions or comments about the meeting or the boardwalk project, contact Darren Alfonso at 813-767-9532, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Clemmons of the DOT also is available to answer questions or take comments at 863-519-1368 or email@example.com.