Sponsored in part by the Manatee County Conservation Land Management, Robinson Preserve opened to the public July of 2008, offering a 487-acre preserve featuring a variety of coastal habitats including rare salt marsh and coastal ecosystems. Only 10 acres of the preserve are considered “uplands”.
Manatee County purchased Robinson Preserve for a discounted $10 million, with $6.4 million of the expense paid with Florida Communities Trust money and the remaining cost covered by county taxpayer funds dedicated to preservation. Restoration in large part was accomplished with grants from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Bridge Builders was honored with the invitation to design and build three (3) HS20 bridges, 1500+ linear feet of boardwalk, and the preserve’s distinguished landmark - the observation tower. Completing this project required extensive consideration of the sensitive coastal lands, as well as the mangrove and wildlife habitations; literally at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The 58’ observation tower built in the middle of a tidal flat was a first for Bridge Builders. Poor soil conditions and wind load requirements were design challenges that were overcome with great success. This project established incredible client relationships that have lead to more projects currently in-process throughout Manatee County.
View the Robinson Preserve Habitat Restoration Project Video Here
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McCumber Golf, Inc.
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