About The Project
The Gulf of Mexico Drive (G.M.D.) Project and Neighborhood Project consist of undergrounding all current aerial facilities that include FPL and in some areas Comcast and/or Frontier. As part of this project, and consistent with the referendum, the Town will also have the contractor install a Town-wide back-bone fiber optic network and smart pole street lighting once designs are complete. The utility upgrades will take place within the entire length of the barrier island. Construction for the project is divided into 5 phases.
Slide your mouse across the picture below to see the difference that undergrounding makes.
The G.M.D. Project is a ten-mile section of G.M.D. from Longboat Club Road on the south end to North Shore Road on the north end. The northern half of the Town is in Manatee County, while the southern half is in Sarasota County. The Gulf of Mexico Drive (G.M.D.)/SR 789 is the main thoroughfare that runs North/South through the Town. Most of the utilities are located within the right-of-way on this main thoroughfare; however, additional utilities are located on power poles along neighborhood streets.
The Town of Longboat Key is 16 square miles with 6,888 people calling the Town home year-round (2010 Census). During the peak winter/tourist season, the population increases to approximately 22,000. Data shows that the majority of the population are made up of educated and generally wealthy population of retirement age individuals. The economy is generally made up of industries serving the influx of seasonal residents and visitors and catering to those who own a 2nd home here.
In November of 2015, the town conducted two referenda that received voter approval to borrow $25,250,000 to pay for the undergrounding of utilities along Gulf of Mexico Drive, known as the G.M.D. Project, and the neighborhoods streets, known as the Neighborhood Project. Construction of both projects will occur simultaneously and are referred to as the G.M.D. Project but must be accounted for separately to meet financing requirements.
As each parcel in the Town depends on Gulf of Mexico Drive as the main thoroughfare to and from the Key, all parcels located within Town limits benefit from the G.M.D. Project. Most properties receive their electric from G.M.D. feeder lines. Therefore, any improvements in safety and reliability of these lines is a benefit to all properties. The Town is in the process of implementing the project and establishing a non-ad special assessment amount for each parcel in the Town. For more information on the non-ad special assessment please call Town Hall at 941-316-1999.
Working Together to Improve Safety, Reliability and Aesthetics.
Below are the agencies that are involved with this project. You will see their vehicles and crews throughout the duration of the project.