BRADENTON – Manatee County taxpayers may have to pay for a shopping plaza’s safety hazard.
Unless repairs are done, large sinkholes in the parking lot of Cortez Plaza East are expected to get bigger with each passing rainstorm.
The Code Enforcement Chief needs permission from the county commission to repair the collapsed area at at the plaza.
If the issue goes unrepaired, the county feels it could cause life safety issues, and severe flooding. Bradenton Associates Co. LLC, owns Cortez Plaza East, but refuses to more money into the problem.
The cost for taxpayers is not yet determined, but the county will seek reimbursement from Bradenton Associates for any work it does.