$15 million beach renourishment project approved for Anna Maria Island

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. - Manatee County officials say that more than $15 million has been secured for beach renourishment on Anna Maria Island.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week more than $9 million is budgeted for Manatee's shore protection in addition to more than $6 million already set aside.

The Bradenton Herald reports that the money could move up the project's start date by approximately two years.

Construction could begin as soon as August, and would continue for up to seven months.

Last summer, Tropical Storm Debby inflicted a beating on miles of Manatee's most famous beach attractions, especially the southern half of Anna Maria Island, which lies along the county's western edge.

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