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Date of Issue: July 09, 2008

New trolley shelters erected

Workers install wooden beams for a new shelter at a trolley stop in Holmes Beach July 1. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Crews went to work erecting four new trolley shelters in Holmes Beach last week.

The wooden beams for the shelters arrived in late June and the construction work began June 30, visible on Marina and Palm drives in the city.

A fifth shelter will be built at the Manatee Public Beach once the city and the county complete talks on the best location, said Holmes Beach public works director Joe Duennes.

The locations for the other new shelters are:

  • Palm Drive and 71st Street.
  • Palm Drive and 74th Street.
  • Palm Drive and 85th Street.
  • Marina Drive and 63rd Street.

Each shelter, modeled on previous shelters, costs about $4,200, Duennes said.

The city’s advisory parks and beautification committee recommended the locations earlier this year based on trolley ridership.

The city has erected several shelters each year for the past four years.

Given budget constraints in the next fiscal year and frugal forecasts, Duennes said he didn’t know whether additional shelters would be erected in the near future.

However, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said July 1 that the city probably will fund another year of shelter improvements.