Neighbors ask Manatee County to fix flooding problem on their street

MANATEE-- Neighbors who use Palmetto Point Drive are glad the county plans to repave the road, but they’re complaining that flooding should be addressed, too.

“Palmetto Point Drive slopes down to a low spot,” said Victor Coveduck, of the 5200 block of Palmetto Point Drive. “They need to re-engineer the whole area.”

Coveduck said drivers frequently get stuck at a low spot where the road approaches an intersection with U.S. Highway 19 north of Palmetto, where water gathers in the road -- and not just when it has been raining.

His neighbor, Dave Kraner, who lives nearby in the 5300 block of Beacon Road, said he sought a flooding fix the last time the road was repaved years ago, but it never happened.

“They swore they would repair it before they repaved, but they didn’t,” said Kraner.

County Commissioner Larry Bustle said he had driven the road Wednesday, adding that it “will be paved very shortly.”

He also said the the county’s public works department is aware of the flooding issue.

“They’ll take a look at it,” he said. “I’m sure public works is able to solve it.”

Bustle said he didn’t know whether they would solve it now or later, saying, “It depends on what the solution is.”

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031.