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Date of Issue: July 09, 2008

City plans 'dinghy dock' work

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Boats and small docks in the bay in Bradenton Beach. The city plans to repair a city-owned dock this year and apply for grant money to overhaul the dock in 2009. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Bradenton Beach officials agreed last week to undertake minor in-house repairs of a city-owned dock and prepare a grant application for a major overhaul in 2009.

The agreement was reached July 2 during a meeting of the city’s pier team at city hall.

In addition to the renovation of the Historic Bridge Street Pier, which was completed about a year ago, city officials have been planning to create a formal mooring area and rebuild a storm-damaged “dinghy dock.”

A bid for an L-shaped dock located south of the city pier opposite the Bridge Tender Restaurant came in higher than expected earlier this year, leading city officials to seek bids on a scaled-back design.

The most recent proposal for the dock came from Wood Dock and Seawall in Cortez. The bid called for removing the damaged dock and rebuilding a new 90-foot-long dock with 20 marine-grade pilings at a cost of$12,600.

“It’s as stripped down as it gets,” said Lisa Marie Phillips, manager of city projects and programs.

The team briefly discussed the bid proposal but then decided to seek grant funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in 2009 for the L- shaped dock and an accessory “floating dock” platform.

In the meantime, a city public works crew will replace the damaged wood in the existing dock, a project estimated to cost about $3,000.

“I’d like to see us go that route,” Phillips said. “Address the health and safety issues and apply for funds for the whole dock.”

In other business during the meeting, team members:

  • Endorsed relocating a news rack from the base of the Historic Bridge Street Pier to a location on the pier. The rationale for the move is to create more space for parking.
  • Heard from Phillips that a new request for bids to develop a master plan for a mooring field was being published.
  • Encouraged Phillips to seek grant money for a new bicycle rack at the pier, possibly a rack with artistic flair.
  • Reviewed changes on the pier required by a West Manatee Fire Rescue District inspection, including the placement of a fire extinguisher in the fishing kiosk and the removal of dust covers from smoke detectors in the dock master’s office.
  • Agreed that the city’s ScenicWAVES Committee should review a concern about where anchorage boaters might park cars overnight.

“People are coming in with 30-foot sailboats and other family members bring cars,” Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said. “The issue is, we don’t have overnight parking on the pier and on Bridge Street.

“If we are planning on these higher-end boats, where are we going to put them when they come in with cars? We’re going to have address this issue.”