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Date of Issue: January 06, 2010

City to review marine rescue building plans

A plan for the proposed $1.1 million marine rescue building on the bayside of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Islander Image: Courtesy Manatee County

The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board this month will review plans for a proposed $1.1 million Manatee County Marine Rescue headquarters on the south end of the Island.

The plans, in the works for years, have cleared a number of hurdles at the county level.

The building is proposed for the bayside of Coquina Beach on county-maintained land, and for a county operation, but the property is within Bradenton Beach city limits.

In late 2009, county commissioners approved a $1.1 million contract for Zirkelbach Construction Inc. of Palmetto to build the headquarters south of Leffis Key.

The headquarters — in the planning stage for a decade — will provide work space for marine rescue personnel, storage space for gear and vehicles, a conference and lecture room that may be used by schools and teachers, training facilities for lifeguards and lockers for their personal effects and staff computer facilities.

The headquarters also will contain work and storage space for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office’s marine deputy branch, currently stationed at Regatta Point on the northwest side of the Green Bridge in Palmetto.

The marine rescue division currently has offices at the county public-safety complex in east Bradenton, but the lifeguards operate primarily out of a storage room at the back of a rest room at Coquina Bayside or from their towers.

The contract for the headquarters calls for the project to be completed in the next year.

The headquarters will consist of 4,250 square feet and will be elevated on concrete pilings to provide for parking under the structure.

On Jan. 14, in a hearing at 5 p.m. at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board is scheduled to review plans for the building, which is considered a “major development” under the city code.