The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved Anna Maria’s plans for the construction of the Anna Maria City Pier.
Katy Damico of the Corps’ Jacksonville District emailed Mayor Dan Murphy Aug. 3 to report the authorization by Nationwide Permit 3.
Plans for the new pier show it in the same footprint as the original — with a 12-foot-wide, 683-foot-long walkway, as well a 58-by-111-foot T-head with a restaurant and bait and tackle shop.
Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 requires federal authorization for structures and work in, over, under and affecting navigable waters.
The approval marks the last requirement for federal permitting for the construction of the pier to commence, according to city hall.
Murphy said the permit was authorized sooner than expected.
Commissioners voted July 26 to throw out the first round of bids that resulted from the city’s request for proposals, or RFP, on Murphy’s recommendation.
Both ICON from Tampa, as well as Speeler and Associates, the city’s demolition contractor, bid on the project, but the bids exceeded the $2.5 million estimate from city engineer Ayres Associates out of Tampa.
The mayor said Corps approval would clear the way for and facilitate the revision of project specifications, and could shorten the bid process.