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Grassy Point Project Nears Completion

A number of ongoing beautification projects are nearing completion in Holmes Beach. The biggest outstanding project in the city is the Grassy Point Preserve, said Dennis Groh of the city parks and beautification committee.

Located east of the 3200 block of East Bay Drive and fronting Anna Maria Sound with entry limited to a pedestrian path at the northern terminus of Avenue C, the preserve will reopen to the public upon completion of a boardwalk that is undergoing construction.

The 34-acre preserve is the last large undeveloped parcel in the city with natural uplands, wetlands and mangrove hammocks. It’s a project that’s been in the works for 10-15 years, said committee chair Jerry West.

Acquired in 2001 by the city through a $359,945.51 grant from Florida Communities Trust, stipulations for the habitat restoration project require the city provide a boardwalk and walking trails for passive observation, an observational platform, a kayak launch and fishing pier.

During the Jan. 4 parks and beautification committee meeting, discussion included members wanting to see what progress was being made, since the boardwalk was built from the water back to the land and the construction area has limited pedestrian access.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, the city will provide vehicles, from the entrance of the preserve to where the boardwalk starts, for viewing.

A variety of signage concepts also were discussed that would alert to the Grassy Point Preserve entry. The committee hopes the preserve will be open by mid- to late-February.