Published: Jul 23, 2013 9:57 AM EDT

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 (http://bit.ly/1bcbPLv) 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.
    
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Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com

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