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“We have worked on barges, United States Coast Guard cutters and gun boats, but this is our first chapel,” said Gary Alderman, vice-president/owner of Snead Island Boat Works, a boat business that has been around since the 1920’s.

The 60-foot-long, 30-foot-wide, floating chapel was pulled from the Manatee River at Snead Island Boat Works to have routine maintenance and USCG inspections performed. The Floating Chapel on the Bay is the only one of its kind in America according to the Web site weddingsonwater.com and chances are that we will be seeing this little gem floating in our home waters. The chapel is on the move to its new home port, Historic Cortez, and will be docked along the intracoastal waterway on the mainland side of the Cortez Bridge. You can also catch a first hand look of this unique vessel Feb. 28 during the Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival. So if the drawbridge is up and you are waiting for the passage of the chapel, wish the newlyweds well and toss some rice over the rail.

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