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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Surprise: No water from county for Arvida-Perico project

The 800-pound gorilla came to the table late Tuesday afternoon.

Manatee County commissioners unanimously voted to send a letter to Bradenton officials stating the county would not be interested in selling water to the Arvida Corp.-proposed 668-unit development on Perico Island, just across Anna Maria Sound from Anna Maria Island.

Commissioner Joe McClash offered a motion that the county present its position to the city that it was not interested in selling water to the project as it is currently proposed; that the height of the buildings - some up to 10 stories - is excessive and that 35 feet is more appropriate; that transportation issues need to be further addressed; and that the county has concerns that vistas of nearby parks would be harmed by the tall buildings.

The Bradenton City Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the Arvida project at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the Bradenton City Hall, 101 Old Main St.