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A conceptual drawing from Emily Anne Smith, hired by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency to provide an aesthetic vision for the district, depicts the jitney that is proposed to shuttle people between parking at Coquina Beach and shops and restaurants on Bridge Street. Islander Courtesy Graphic

Florida: Bradenton Beach signs interlocal agreement for jitney trail

The pieces are coming together for the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency jitney trail.

CRA members voted 5-0 Oct. 22 to direct city attorney Ricinda Perry and city engineer Lynn Burnett to finalize an interlocal agreement with Manatee County allowing the agency to reconfigure a section of Coquina Beach, as well as parking along Gulf Drive at Cortez Beach, to accommodate the trail.

The motion also authorizes Burnett and Perry to finalize a white paper proposal for the project, as well as make a public presentation to the county commission if necessary.

CRA members David Bell and Commissioner Randy White were absent with excuse.

The CRA promotes restoration, growth and tourism for the district — bordered by Cortez Road, Sarasota Bay, Fifth Street South and the Gulf of Mexico — by funding capital improvement projects with incremental tax revenue collected by Manatee County since the area was declared blighted in 1992.

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