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Date of Issue: January 13, 2010

Commission authorizes pier repairs

Bradenton Beach will spend about $7,500 to repair the Historic Bridge Street Pier, damaged in late 2009 during a storm.

The city commission approved the expenditure during a special meeting Jan. 7 at city hall.

The pier was temporarily closed following a Dec. 2 storm that brought little rain, but heavy winds to Anna Maria Island. A cantilever connecting the day dock to the ramp twisted, which tilted the ramp and cracked two concrete pilings.

With authorization from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the city commission voted to hire Wood Dock and Seawall to make permanent repairs to the structure.

The contractor will remove two concrete pilings, install two new pilings and use two temporary pilings to stabilize the dock.

The pier underwent a $2.2 million renovation in 2007. The pier had had been closed after being damaged during the 2004 hurricane season.