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Date of Issue: February 17, 2010

Changes proposed for Anna Maria boardwalk

In a hastily called meeting Feb. 9, members of the Anna Maria Transportation Enhancement Grant Committee agreed to several changes in the design of the boardwalk proposed for the city pier.

City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who chairs the TEG, said the committee agreed to reduce the width of the southerly portion of the boardwalk from 12 feet to 8 feet to eliminate the need to move parking closer to Bay Boulevard.

The committee also agreed to eliminate picnic areas on the south portion of the boardwalk. Instead, a picnic area will be built by the trolley stops near the main entrance to the pier.

Mattick said she has been working with the Florida Department of Transportation the past few weeks to get a design drawing done by the Feb. 16 meeting with the DOT.

City commissioners are expected to attend that meeting to view the design and voice their opinions and concerns about the project.

The proposed boardwalk will be about 450 feet long, Mattick said, and allow a pedestrian to walk from the humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard to the south end of the pier parking area without confronting any traffic backing in or out.