Vol 6 No. 36 - May 31, 2006

Scaled-back marina plans approved
Tom Vaught
sun staff writer

CORTEZ – Downsized plans for the Bradenton Boat Club were approved last week by the Manatee County Planning Commission.

The "rackominium," dry storage spaces with condominium ownership, is planned on the site of the former C&C Marine at 12123 Cortez Road W.

The project’s four planned buildings were reduced to three and the 49-foot height is now 44 feet, Naples developer Norman Burke said, adding that each building will accommodate three to four stacks of boats, depending on their size and weight.


The new project, above, will have three buildings instead of four, as shown in the old plans, below. Each building will be 44 feet tall rather than 49 feet tall, the number of wet slips will be reduced from 28 to 22 and the number of dry slips from 330 to 272.

The number of dry slips has been reduced from 330 to 272, and wet slips were reduced from 28 to 22, he said. The original red and green color scheme has been changed to blue and tan, architectural details have been added, and more landscaping will be planted.

Operating hours will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and no liveaboards or overnight stays will be allowed. No alcohol or bait will be sold, and restrooms will not be open to the public, Burke said.

The restrictions were designed to address concerns that neighbors expressed at a December community meeting about building height, increased boat and car traffic, pedestrian safety, manatee safety, forklift noise and environmental considerations.

No maintenance will be permitted on site other than routine oil changes, according to engineer John Cavoli, adding that the project will exceed typical environmental requirements because the canal is designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway.

If the Manatee County Commission approves the plans on June 20, construction will begin within 60 to 90 days, Burke said.

 

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