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Date of Issue: April 16, 2008

Dickinson seeks Galvano aid for beach renourishment

Anna Maria North Shore Drive resident Joan Dickinson has been trying to get her dwindling beach renourished since the 2002 effort.

She thought she had succeeded in getting the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s approval to be included in the 2011-12 effort, but the DEP only agreed that the beach in front of her property was critically eroded. Because the DEP claims the Gulf of Mexico begins a few hundred yards north of her property, it said it could not provide funds to renourish her beach.

That announcement last month put Dickinson and numerous other waterfront North Shore Drive residents in a bind for renourishment, particularly since the DEP has produced no map indicating where the Gulf begins and the bay ends.  Dickinson said she has seen such a map at city hall and the map indicates the line is at the Rod & Reel Pier, several hundred yards south of her property. That, she claims, puts her on the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, she’s written state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, asking him to step in and help.

Dickinson told Galvano in an April 7 letter that her property has been “excluded,” then “included,” and now “excluded” from beach renourishment plans.

Dickinson asked to attend a meeting with Galvano, Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, Charlie Hunsicker of Manatee County and other active and concerned citizens such to address the problem and attempt to find determine the line for beach renourishment.

The current Manatee County funds targeted for the next beach renourishment project are for those areas designated by the DEP. At present, there are three sections of Anna Maria beaches that will be renourished, including Bean Point. The Bean Point effort, however, will stop several hundred yards from Dickinson’s property.