Tourists upset with dredging project on Anna Maria Island

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - An ongoing beach renourishment project on Anna Maria Island appears to be driving away some tourists.

The Bradenton Herald reports some businesses say customers are canceling or leaving the island due to the project.

There are concerns the timing of the project during peak tourist season could hurt business, mainly because the project is taking up space on the beach, and noisy equipment is being used at night.

The project is expected to be completed by April 1st.