Anna Maria Beach Renourishment Eschews Federal Funds

The planned 2011 $7.5 million beach renourishment project for 1.5 miles of Anna Maria shoreline will not use Federal money, according to Charlie Hunsicker, ecosystems director at Manatee County. Funding will come from state and county taxation.

Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection estimated that Anna Maria would need to provide another 40 parking spaces for public use and access in order to qualify for state funding.

See prior story here Beach Renourishment Planned 2011

However, $9.1 million Federal funds will be used for part of the $13 million Coquina Beach renourishment project, with $3.9 million provided by state and county coffers, mainly from the bed tax on room rentals.

Part of the plan involves constructing rock groins north of the Rod and Reel Pier and up to Bean Point.

A public workshop meeting is planned for Feb 12, 7 pm, at Anna Maria City Hall. See AMI Post Calendar

Bean Point and Coquina Beach
Bean Point and Coquina Beach

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