Bradenton Beach is making strides to increase boat and foot traffic at the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The first in a series of proposed large-scale projects in the historic district, replacement of the damaged floating dock adjacent to the pier, is in final contract negotiations.
At its March 1 meeting, the community redevelopment agency unanimously approved with revisions a $119,980 contract with Technomarine, a contractor based in North Palm Beach, to construct and install the day dock.
As with the current dock, the new dock will be available for all boaters on a first-come, first-served basis, with a loading and unloading area for commercial vessels.
Half of the cost for the dock will be reimbursed from Manatee County’s tourist development tax revenues.
Storms last summer further damaged the already compromised dock, which had been reduced in size since its installation in 2007, due to repeated storm incidents.
Before the March 1 vote, city attorney Ricinda Perry said she had concerns there were differences between the request for proposals advertised by the city, the bid from Technomarine and the contract.
Mayor Bill Shearon said he supports the contract and any revisions would be made through “change orders.”
“We need to get this implemented,” he said.
CRA representative member/AMOB owner John Horne said he disagreed with Shearon.
“I want it up as bad as anyone, but it needs to be specific,” Horne said. “Otherwise, you just open yourself up for ‘change orders.’”
Perry also was concerned with maintaining the 15-year warranty.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, the pier team chair, said the RFP stated the maintenance requirements.
The pier team also includes building official Steve Gilbert and public works director Tom Woodard, who reviewed the bids and recommended Technomarine to the CRA.
Perry also raised concerns regarding the materials to be used to construct the day dock and whether the dock could withstand wave action.
Speciale said Gilbert designed the specifications for the RFP and he is confident Technomarine’s design is based on these requirements.
The board agreed to direct Perry to revise the contract stating the RFP would take precedence if a conflict were to arise with Technomarine.
According to the revised contract, installation will begin on signature by the parties and will be completed within six months.