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Date of Issue: September 17, 2008

DOT to help fund EMS during bridge close

The Florida Department of Transportation will help fund the cost of maintaining an additional emergency medical services team on Anna Maria Island during the upcoming 45-day Anna Maria Island Bridge closure that starts Sept. 29.

The team and accompanying vehicle will be located at West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.

WMFR Chief Andy Price, along with Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, had suggested placement of an additional EMS team on the Island when the DOT first announced it was closing the bridge for 45 days to complete a $9.2 million rehabilitation project on the bridge.