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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Renovations at Manatee Public Beach
New Manatee Public Beach building
An artist's rendition of the Manatee Public Beach building after the current renovation project ends in October.

Holmes Beach city commissioners approved a temporary-use permit at their Aug. 24 meeting for Manatee County to bring in two temporary trailers for food and retail sales while the main building at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, undergoes needed renovations.

The trailers will allow the current operators of the retail and food concessions to continue with some services.

Saunders told commissioners that the Turtle Watch people were concerned about lighting at the temporary trailers because they didn't want hatchlings to go the wrong way.

Sam Love of Manatee County said workers are "doing a lot in a short amount of time," and asked for the temporary use permits until Oct. 31. "But we should be finished around Oct. 15," he pledged.

The renovated facility will have four ADA-compliant rest rooms, a new roof and kitchen facility and an improved overall appearance, Love said.