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Date of Issue: March 05, 2008

Grant committee favors funding pier trolley shelter

Anna Maria’s transportation enhancement grant committee agreed at its Feb. 27 meeting that its first priority for allocating the $358,000 federal enhancement grant will be construction of a new trolley shelter at the Historic Anna Maria City Pier at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection.

City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, the commission liaison to the grant committee, said trolley shelters are the top priority, with a shelter at the pier topping its list. None of the Anna Maria stops for the Island trolley have a shelter.

“The committee believes the pier is a major attraction in the city and there should be a decent shelter for people waiting for the trolley,” she said. At present, there is no trolley shelter at the pier, although passengers can utilize a picnic shelter at the pier entrance to wait for a trolley.

Committee members will prepare their own designs and present them at the March 11 committee meeting for discussion.

The committee was formed to identify and prioritize specific plans and locations for “streetscaping” improvements in the Pine Avenue-Gulf Drive business district for the grant that will be funded in the 2010-11 Florida Department of Transportation budget, with the money coming from federal sources.

Mattick wrote the grant application to obtain the funds.

The next committee meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at city hall. Meetings are open to the public.