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Bradenton wants more development along the water. New rules may limit growth

BRADENTON - As Hurricane Florence ravages the Carolinas, Bradenton officials appear more worried about a relatively new law they say could limit future development along the Manatee River and other waterways.

Bradenton officials have made no secret about their long-term development goals along the Manatee River. The hope is to one day change the skyline with high-density development.

The city wants more residents in downtown and along the riverfront to attract more businesses., whether they in live high rises along the water or in apartment/townhouse complexes.

However, the Flood Peril Act adopted by state lawmakers in 2015 could make that more difficult.