Bradenton needs help to keep causeway clean of horse manure, official says

skennedy@bradenton.comSeptember 25, 2012 

MANATEE -- Local officials need help to keep the Palma Sola Causeway clean, as it has become a popular spot to ride horses, a Bradenton city councilwoman said Monday.

"Citizens are continuing to contact us about this, and I think they have every right" to do so, Bradenton City Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey told the Metropolitan Planning Organization board Monday.

Some of those riding animals along the causeway are not cleaning up after them, Barnebey told Jennifer A. Stults, intermodal systems development manager for the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, who was appearing before the board.

Barnebey noted that there are few places where people may ride horses in the water or on the beach, adding, "We're getting people coming in from all over the state."

Jurisdictional issues confound a resolution to the problem, said Barnebey, who said she is not opposed to horse-riding but would like it better-regulated. She is a member of the MPO board, represent

ing Bradenton.

The causeway is within city limits, but Barnebey said that Bradenton does not have authority over the causeway, since the land is technically owned by the Florida Department of Transportation

Stults said she would ask FDOT representatives to join city and county officials in an effort to resolve complaints about horse manure left along walkways of the causeway.

Although Great World Adventures, LLC, a local business, last year rented horses to more than 2,000 customers, those who live near the causeway said the business is careful to clean up.

They said they suspected private owners, who are trucking animals in to one of the few beaches in Florida that allows them, are the negligent ones.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @saraswrites.

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