Bradenton Beach weary of floating dock delays

Bradenton Beach is getting tired of waiting for its floating dock.

It has been more than a year since the dock was first scheduled for installation at the Historic Bridge Street Pier by contractor Technomarine of North Palm Beach.

In a Sept. 5 email from Technomarine CEO Erik Sanderson to Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, the lead contact for the city on the project, Sanderson wrote,

“Docks have arrived in Port Everglades. They will be inspected and pick-up will be scheduled. We’ll coordinate when delivery dates are scheduled.”

Additionally, Sanderson wrote that the accompanying hardware, cleats and connections had arrived at Technomarine’s North Palm Beach office.

The most recent schedule provided by Technomarine, which included a “cushion week” for delivery, put the deadline for delivery and mobilization in Bradenton Beach at Sept. 13.

The floating dock arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale Aug. 16 from the manufacturer in Spain, Ronautica Quality Marinas, but hadn’t been released from the port as of Sept. 7.

The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., if the dock is not delivered that day, to discuss the city’s next steps.