Bradenton Beach’s floating dock pushed into 2018

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The area adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach remains closed Nov. 1 while the city awaits installation of a new floating dock. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Boaters and others in Bradenton Beach must continue to wait for the installation of the new floating dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

The dock was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March.

In a Dec. 8 email to Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, the city’s pier team facilitator, Anna Bennett, director of operations contractor for Technomarine wrote, “The docks will arrive in January, to be installed in the first quarter of 2018.”

Initially, representatives from Technomarine said they could begin work on the new dock in September. The company received a deposit for the work from the city Aug. 20.

However, a busy hurricane season delayed progress, according to Bennett.

“Hurricanes have caused a ripple effect in the industry and all jobs have run a bit behind,” Bennett wrote Dec. 8.

The old floating dock suffered its final blows July 31 from Tropical Storm Emily and was removed in August.

As with the old floating dock, the new dock will be available for boaters on a first-come first-serve basis, with a separate loading and unloading area for commercial vessels.

ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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