Veterans Day plans, 2 markets, pirate fest top BB agenda

Bridge Street Merchants vice president Adam Jenkins told Bradenton Beach commissioners Oct. 4 that he would like to see the city do more to honor veterans.

Jenkins, of Edgewater Real Estate, 104 Bridge St., said BSM is working on a Nov. 11 celebration for Veterans Day that includes a military flyover.

“We are asking the mayor to give a speech to give thanks to the veterans,” said Jenkins. “We will have a military tanker do a flyover at noon.”

Jenkins said he has verbal approval for the flyover, to be conducted by a refueling aircraft out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

In other matters, commissioners approved special event applications for the resumption of the Bridge Street Market, as well as a new market at Coquina Beach.

Nancy Ambrose, former organizer of the controversial Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki market, presented commissioners with documents to again begin operating a Sunday market.

Last season’s market was halted due to traffic and safety concerns that arose during its operations last year.

Commissioners previously suggested the market be moved to Coquina Beach. According to the application, the event will be called the Beach Market.

Both the new market and one operated by the nonprofit Bridge Street Merchants association of business owners will start up in November, operating simultaneously on Sundays.

The Bridge Street Market kicks off Nov. 4, while the Beach Market begins Nov. 18.

Commissioners also approved more than $6,000 in fees to city planner Alan Garrett. Commissioner Ric Gatehouse had questions about Garrett’s fees, but Garrett was not at the Oct. 4 meeting.

“When we hired Mr. Garrett, the idea of his fees would be paid for by application fees,” said Gatehouse. “I’d like to find out what percentage is being paid through those applications.”

Mayor John Shaughnessy said city clerk Nora Idso could supply that information.

City attorney Ricinda Perry presented a request for proposal to commissioners following stalled negotiations in late September with the city’s engineer for the Historic Bridge Street Pier reconstruction project.

To expedite the project, the RFP gives interested firms until Oct. 12 to submit questions and Oct. 17 as a deadline for firms to withdraw if not interested.

“We are going to put this out,” said Mayor John Shaughnessy. “We’ve been fooling around long enough. I don’t want this pier done during season. It’s not a big project. It’s just pulling out the old pilings and putting new ones back in. It’s not like they have to start at square one.”

Commissioners also agreed to waive the open container ordinance for Pirate Fest, a Nov. 9-11 event sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Privateers at Coquina Beach.

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said commissioners already approved the event, but a second motion was required to waive the city’s open container ordinance.

Speciale said extra officers would be on duty for the event and security would be provided after sunset.

Commissioners also approved more than $33,000 to Gator Grading and Paving for work completed on the stormwater project on Avenue A, as well as 25th and 24th streets.

The area had previously been graded, and swales created, but residents complained at an August meeting that the swales were creating problems with flooding and killing landscaping.

Public works director Tom Woodard said those issues have been addressed and he has not had a recent complaint from residents in the neighborhood.

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