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Bradenton Beach accepting bids for city pier renovation

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

Contractors have until April 21 to bid on the reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in order to be prepared for a construction start date in June. Islander Photo: Merab-Michal Favorite

Contractors: Sharpen your pencils.

The city of Bradenton Beach is accepting bids from contractors for renovation of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

Contractors have until 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, to submit sealed bids to city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., where all bids will be opened at a public meeting in the commission chambers.

At that time, sealed letters will be opened and the proposed bid amount will be read aloud. Late proposals or modifications will not be accepted.

A pre-bid meeting was held March 18 at city hall, where Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert said a large crowd representing a dozen companies expressed interest in the project.

“We are going to award the bid based on what we have provided as far as the specifications,” Gilbert said during a pier meeting with city officials that took place in commission chambers March 19. “Once we’ve awarded the bid, if the winning bidder wants to do some changes and the city is amenable to it, that’s when we will discuss any variations.”

The plans call for the new pier to have a light gray composite decking, waterlines to new fishing stations and 21 extra support pilings. The entire project will encompass 9,700 square feet.

The extra pilings will be added to protect the pier near and around a floating dock. The pilings will form a protective barrier to prevent damage that has resulted in the past from boats breaking loose from a nearby anchorage area in Sarasota Bay.

“We had several people mention that they could get the same quality decking material for cheaper, but right now we are concerned with the bid itself, we can talk about the specs later,” Gilbert said.

In addition, city commissioners approved at their March 20 commission meeting an additional request for proposals for the electrical portion of the renovation with the same April 21 due date.

According to the RFP, the electrical contractor is responsible for installing all lighting equipment on the fishing pier, including poles, pole bases, arms and fixtures and installing LED lamps and luminaries on the poles, canopies and pavilions.

If all goes according to plan, the reconstruction of the pier will begin in June.

The project has been delayed 10 months from the original completion target date of August 2013.

While the lapse resulted in a $1 million matching-fund partnership with Manatee County, easing the financial worries of Bradenton Beach, officials have been on edge to get the project started.

City officials say they will need a week to rate the bids, but will have recommendation in a matter of days after the bid opening an following the May meeting for the commission’s final approval.

The next meeting on the pier will be at noon Wednesday, April 2, at city hall.

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