Floating dock inches closer to Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach officials have been waiting a long time for a new floating dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

According to Police Chief Sam Speciale, the lead on the pier project, a Sept. 20 call to Betalink — the freight forwarder and customs provider listed on the bill of lading for the dock — confirmed it cleared customs and was released that day from storage at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

The dock arrived in a container from Spain on a cargo ship.

The floating dock, which was contracted in April 2017 to be built and installed by Technomarine of North Palm Beach in September 2017, arrived at the port Aug. 16 from the manufacturer, Ronautica Quality Marinas of Spain.

Speciale said the Betalink representative also stated the cargo container must be emptied and returned to the port within three days.

Speciale said Sept. 20 that Betalink did not provide information on what company picked up the container.

The community redevelopment agency, the funding source for the dock, held a special meeting Sept. 13 to determine how to proceed while the dock container sat at the port.

At that meeting, the CRA board directed Speciale to call the port, as well as call and email Technomarine CEO Erik Sanderson daily.

Speciale reached Sanderson by email Sept. 18.

Sanderson wrote back that day, stating he “believes” the shipment is scheduled to arrive next week at Technomarine in North Palm Beach, and they would not require a staging area in Bradenton Beach, as delivery would be by barge.

Sanderson also stated he would need to confirm the barge delivery with project manager Vinnie Frega, but Speciale had no confirmation as of Sept. 21.

Additionally, as of Sept. 21, there was no permit application for the dock.

The CRA will discuss the floating dock at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

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