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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Beach House parking lot in city right of way

The south portion of the parking lot at the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach encroaches into a city right of way, according to the newest official survey of Gulf Drive.

Mitch McKnight of Wilson Miller engineering delivered the survey at the March 8 Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Committee Corridor Management Entity meeting.

"There's a 40-foot wide beach access directly across from city hall that goes all the way to the beach, but it now used as parking by the Beach House," McKnight told the committee.

The survey was done by the city commission through the CME in preparation for the installation of sidewalks and trolley stops in the city. The CME wanted to know exactly what easements and rights of way the city has before continuing with the project.

Vice Mayor Bill Shearon, the commission liaison to the CME, suggested they contact Beach House owner Ed Chiles and "involve him in the process."

Mayor John Chappie said the CME and Chiles could work on a joint project for a trolley stop and accompanying sidewalk that would be a "win-win" situation for both sides.

"We need to immediately inform Ed of the situation," said Chappie.

"He's not going to be a happy camper" when he learns about this, said CME member Bill Herrington of the Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Chiles said he wasn't aware of the encroachment, but would welcome any joint effort with the city and CME to improve the area. He said he was going to talk with Shearon about the situation as soon as possible.

In addition to the Bradenton Beach right-of-way issue, Chiles is also fighting a city right-of-way issue in Anna Maria regarding his Sandbar restaurant in that city.