BB dunes work completed

Contractors, with two weeks to spare before turtle-nesting season, completed two dunes protection projects in Bradenton Beach.

One project, at Third Street South, involved realigning the beach access with the street end, as well as the placement of bollards to protect the dunes. The location is used for emergency vehicle access to the beach and as a path for beachgoers.

A second, more-complicated project, involved the construction of a wooden walkover at the west end of Bridge Street.

Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert, in a meeting of the community redevelopment agency April 20, said contractor Bayshore Construction Inc. did a good job.

“They showed up on time,” he said. “They did their work. They worked within the traffic flow.… The grading all looks good.”

Creating a new parking lot is the next major project for the CRA, which is the historic downtown district that runs from Cortez Road to Fifth Street South and from the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota Bay.

The parking lot will be between Highland and Church avenues near the public works and police departments. The removal of an old cottage on Church to preserve property in Cortez, created the opportunity to add more than 40 parking spaces at the site.

“We have final drafts of the parking facility coming for the capital improvements (committee) to review next Wednesday,” Gilbert told the CRA, which consists of the mayor and city commission. “You will get those draft plans shortly thereafter for the next CRA meeting.”

Gilbert said the plans would include a configuration of parking spaces, as well as plans for stormwater drainage and the landscape design.

The next CRA meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

Also, in May, the CRA will discuss capital improvements under the fiscal 2011-12 and fiscal 2012-13 budgets. A major job — the reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier boardwalk and pilings — likely will be discussed.

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