North Bay Village commissioners gave the go-ahead Tuesday evening for the town to apply for a grant that could give residents bayfront access at Dr. Paul Vogel Community Park.
Commissioners voted to submit an application to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for money to improve the park dock. The village would be awarded $200,000 and then would be required to match 25 to 50 percent of the funds.
“We are surrounded by water and I have had residents ask why we don’t have access to the water,” Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps said. “This is an opportunity.”
But Commissioner Richard Chervony expressed concerns about going forward without concrete plans for the project.
“We are rushing to put in a grant without rules [for dock access] and we are going to be caught with our pants down,” Chervony said.
Village Manager Frank Rollason assured him that there would be time to set up a workshop to discuss plans before deciding to accept the grant.
“This is a triggering mechanism to go forward,” Rollason said.
The village had considered applying for a smaller grant two years ago to improve the dock, but ultimately resolved not to.
Tuesday’s vote was unanimous among the commissioners present. Commissioner Wendy Duvall was absent.
“I want to thank my fellow commissioners for thinking progressive,” Leon-Kreps said after the vote.