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Date of Issue: December 17, 2008

Renourishment will not include Anna Maria bayside

Some Anna Maria residents have questioned why the beach area in front of several homes on North Shore Drive will not be included in Manatee County’s next beach renourishment project.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s marker that separates Anna Maria’s bayside from the seaside is about 200 yards north of the Rod & Reel Pier. Properties north and west of the marker are “seaside,” according to the DEP, and eligible for inclusion in state and federally funded beach renourishment projects.

Properties south of the marker, including homes on North Shore Drive such as Joan Dickinson’s at 865 N. Shore Drive, are considered “bayside” by the DEP and are not eligible for beach funding. The marker is near a groin in the water, just a few yards north of Dickinson’s house.

Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford held a meeting in November with property owners who are ineligible for inclusion in the next renourishment cycle and offered them alternatives, including a petition to the DEP to consider moving the marker further south.

The bayside of Anna Maria is the only inlet in Florida that the DEP considers “critically eroded” that is not seaside of a DEP marker.