CORTEZ, Fla. (AP) — 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 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.