Bradenton Beach dock ready to ship, city concerns linger

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The gangway at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach awaits a floating dock to service tour boats and their patrons and other visitors arriving by boat. Islander File Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Bradenton Beach has waited more than a year for a new floating dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

And shipment is pending.

In a July 23 email to Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, the lead contact on the project and pier team chair, Ryan Miller, chief operating officer for dock contractor Technomarine, attached paperwork indicating the dock was to ship July 28 from Spain.

It then would take four weeks to arrive at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

The March 2017 Community Redevelopment Agency-Technomarine contract provides for completion by Sept. 12.

However, city treasurer Shayne Thompson noted the bill of lading provided with Miller’s email was unsigned and lacked a shipping date.

The contract between Technomarine and the Bradenton Beach CRA provides for staged payments, including when the dock ships, but Technomarine is requesting a $29,691 payment before shipping takes place, according to Thompson.

Thompson told Technomarine representatives the CRA will only issue a check upon receipt of a completed bill of lading.

Technomarine representative Anna Bennett responded by sending another unsigned BOL, indicating the CRA will receive a signed BOL when the dock ships. “That’s just the way it works,” she wrote.

Additionally, she suggested the CRA send Technomarine a postdated check.

Thompson responded that the “city is not in the practice of issuing postdated checks,” but would expedite the check once they receive proof of shipment.

As of press time for The Islander, Technomarine had not responded to Thompson.

The company received the city’s deposit of $29,995 in April 2017 and two more payments.

After the payment of $29,691 is made, the remaining balance on the dock will be $9,288, due to Technomarine within 30 days of installation.

The total cost for the dock is $119,980 — half of which was matched by Manatee County tourist development tax dollars.

“At this point, we’re still moving forward with hopes this project is soon brought to completion,” Speciale said July 24.

The most recent of four delayed schedules from Technomarine indicates installation will be carried out by Sept. 12.

The next Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

One thought on “Bradenton Beach dock ready to ship, city concerns linger

  1. Lola Scrudato

    The city of B.B. is crazy to pay another dime until the bridge arrives safely on US soil. Sounds like we’re getting hosed big time by this company.
    And we’re to believe that no company exists in THIS country that can build this bridge? It had to be built in Spain?? Ridiculous.

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