Anna Maria amasses $2.83M for new pier construction

Anna Maria is more than halfway to its goal to fund a new Anna Maria City Pier.

The city has secured $2.83 million in funding from multiple sources, including city, county and state money, according to an update delivered May 18 by Mayor Dan Murphy.

Another $1.71 million in funding is pending for a total of $4.531 million.

The project is estimated to cost $4.5 million on the high end, including completing the structure of the restaurant, bait shop and restrooms.

The city secured $1.5 million in matching funds from Manatee County’s tourist development tax in December 2017.

The state also passed legislation allocating $750,000 in funding for the pier project.

Plus, the city obtained $333,000 from the Manatee County beach concession fund.

Another $250,000 dedicated to the pier in the city budget comes from an allocation for repairs based on an earlier survey made prior to the storm damage.

Additional funding options include a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $2.1 million for pier damage incurred as a result of Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

Murphy anticipates receiving at least $1.1 million from FEMA, as well as $300,000 or more in grants from the Florida Division of Historical Resources and another $300,000 in the 2018-19 city budget, pending commission approval.

He also included about $10,000 from a GoFundMe account started by Anna Maria resident Sissy Quinn, president of the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust, which identifies historical properties on Anna Maria Island.

Quinn had raised $3,400 as of June 1.

 

Anna Maria City Pier demolition bids:

Category              Score      Kelly             Shoreline        Speeler            Sully’s             Under C.

Experience           20            18                 17.7                19.7                  15                   7.7

References          5              5                   5                     5                       3.3                  3.3

Price                     30            27                 22.3                15                     21.3                24.7

Adherence            30            14.33            24                   26.3                  25.3                19.3

Work plan             10            0                   0                     10                     9.3                  8.3

Location                5              1.7                1                     2.3                    5                     4.7

Total                     100          66                 70                   78.3                  79.3                68

Current Bid                          $406,418      $642,908        $732,000          $685,530        $495,000

Original bid                                                                       $853,000          $780,730        $289,000

Completion date                  October        N/A                 Aug. 31            Aug. 16           120 days