Bradenton City Council OKs park improvements

jdeleon@bradenton.comJanuary 23, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Upgrades soon will be seen at Manatee Historical Park and Love Park with playground area improvements.

The Bradenton City Council approved funding to go toward these improvements at Wednesday night's meeting.

For the addition of playground equipment to the Manatee Historical Park, the council approved using nearly $9,000 from impact fees.

"We have given them help over the years, so I think this is the logical next step in making the park user friendly," Councilman Bemis Smith said. "It's a good part of the city."

For Love Park improvements, including a new wrought iron fence and playground upgrades, the city council approved spending about $24,000 in impact fees. The Central Community Redevelopment Agency and a private grant are expected to pay all additional costs.

In other business, city council approved transferring 48th Street Court East from county to city jurisdiction.

"It services nothing but city property," city attorney Bill Lisch said.

City council also approved a maintenance agreement with Tidewater Preserve Master Association for landscaping 48th Street Court East.

In a final report, Councilman Gene Brown updated city council on developments at the Bradenton Housing Authority. As liaison, he said he is still trying to determine how much control the city has over the agency.

"They are working hard to go forward," Brown said.

Jessica De Leon, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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