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Date of Issue: August 23, 2007

Bridge to be dedicated to military vets

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger plans to dedicate the reconstructed Key Royale Bridge to military service members and veterans on Friday, Aug. 24.

The bridge, the mayor said, was built for the convenience of residents and visitors, but it will also bear a plaque honoring service members past and present.

Initially there were no plans to dedicate the structure, but Bohnenberger said he received some requests to create a memorial to military veterans.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at 9 a.m. and will involve city officials and Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce representatives.

City commissioners have said they are satisfied with the project, which began last fall and was overseen by the Florida Department of Transportation.

The city borrowed the money and paid interest to finance the $3.4 million construction campaign in anticipation of reimbursement for the cost of construction from the state sometime this year.