Dedication planned for Bradenton Beach nature park



Mike Miller of Perfect Island Landscaping began work Aug. 7 on his plans for a nature park and education center at John R. Chappie Gulfside Park, 1402 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The crew is removing Australian pines and other non-native plants in favor of native trees and plants. The project is moving along more quickly than the fast-track plan that was laid out, according to Mayor Bill Shearon, and is expected to cost just under the budgeted $10,000, all of which has been donated. An official groundbreaking at the park is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. County Commissioner John Chappie, for whom the park is named, will be the honored guest. Islander Photo: Josey Presswood