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Date of Issue: February 11, 2009

City to repair dinghy dock

Bradenton Beach’s dinghy dock is in need of a fix-up — and will get one, but without hoped for state funding.

Bradenton Beach officials learned recently that the city will not receive a 2009 state grant for a new dock, so the public works department will repair the existing dock.

That information was shared during a meeting of the city’s pier management team Feb. 5 at city hall.

The public works department already has an estimate on the cost to repair the dock to the south of the Historic Bridge, as well as city commission permission for the work. The city had investigated the repairs last year, learning the project would cost about $2,700, but then put the repairs on hold to seek a $44,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a new dock.

The DEP grant program provides money to be used for development of land for public, outdoor recreational purposes.

But this fiscal year, money was not as available as in past years, said Bradenton Beach project and program director Lisa Marie Phillips.

“They cut it off at a much lower rate, and we didn’t make the cut,” Phillips said.

She said she plans to pursue other funding for improvements to the pier complex, but any grants would likely be for fiscal 2010.

“We’re going to go back to our original plan to have the guys fix as much of that dock as we can,” said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, who has led the renovation of the pier.

On a related matter, Phillips said she plans to pursue partnership support for establishing a pump station near the mooring field for the disposal of boaters’ waste.

The next pier team meeting will take place at 1 p.m. March 5 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.