Manatee officials want to save fishing village

CORTEZ, Fla. - Manatee County representatives are urging state bridge engineers to avoid destroying the Cortez fishing village when planning the future of the Cortez Bridge.

A two-lane drawbridge built in 1956 is deteriorating, and Florida Department of Transportation engineers are evaluating what should be done to rehabilitate, repair or replace it.

The historic Cortez Village is a hub of a busy commercial fishing industry. It's a throwback to old Florida and sits at the eastern end of the bridge, which connects Cortez on the mainland to Anna Maria Island.

The Bradenton Herald (http://bit.ly/1bcbPLv) reports that the subject arose at the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting Monday after FDOT engineers made public resident surveys addressing the future of the bridge.

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Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com

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