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Date of Issue: August 11, 2010

Old-style concession planned for Coquina

The Coquina Beach concession area will undergo renovations. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

The snack bar at Coquina Beach is going old-style for a while.

The concession will be run from a trailer at the beach while Manatee County renovates the pink-painted concession building.

Bradenton Beach commissioners unanimously approved a temporary use permit for the trailer concession during a meeting Aug. 5. Coquina Beach is operated by Manatee County, but is within Bradenton Beach city limits.

“Over the next six months, the Coquina concession stand will be undergoing some minor renovations,” said Darin Cushing, a project manager with Manatee County.

New vendors, United Park Services, took over the Coquina concession in mid-July, as well as the restaurant and gift shop at Manatee Public Beach.

At the Coquina concession, the county plans to remodel the interior of the building, as well as install a new roof and add some height to the walls and the deck, at a total cost of $60,000.

“During the remodeling process, the vendors would like to operate their concession from a temporary trailer to be located immediately adjacent to the existing concession stand,” Cushing told commissioners.

Cushing asked that the city authorize the trailer operation for a year. Although, he said, “construction should take no more than six months.”

The menu for the trailer concession will include: Chicago-style hot dogs, chili dogs, cheese dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, nachos, ice cream and snow cones, shaved ice, soft drinks, lemonade and water.

The trailer will be located east of the concession building, near an electrical panel.

Commissioner Bob Connors did not attend the meeting.

The commission’s next regular meeting will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.