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Date of Issue: November 03, 2006

Three bidders vie to build pier restaurant

Three contractors have offered bids to build the new restaurant-dockmaster office-bathhouse-dockage facilities at the City of Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier.

The pier restaurant, damaged during hurricanes, has been closed since September 2004. The damage to the popular restaurant at the east end of Bridge Street was so severe that the structure was razed earlier this year. Plans were drawn up to rebuild the structure, as well as ancillary buildings and an extensive floating dock to the south of the 630-foot-long deck that juts into Anna Maria Sound.

A bid opening last Friday produced three contractors willing to do the construction on the buildings and docks. They bidders included:

  • Kesselring Corp. of Bradenton at $2,362,370.
  • Hayes Construction of Fort Myers at $1,676,000.
  • Southern Cross Contractors of Sarasota at $1,664,710.

City officials had estimated the work to cost $1.7 million, which is to come from a variety of funding sources, including grants.

City commissioners are scheduled to discuss the matter and approve a contractor to do the work during a special city commission meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 8.