Anna Maria Island to get $15 million for facelift

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND - Manatee County officials say more than 15 million dollars 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 shore protection in addition to more than $6 million already set aside. That 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, our shorelines took a beating by Tropical Storm Debby, especially the southern half of Anna Maria Island.