Underwater inspection finds Anna Maria City Pier demo work complete

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Alex Anaya, a Seamar Divers crew member, uses a remotely operated vehicle Aug. 16 to view underwater conditions at the Anna Maria City Pier site. Seamar was hired by the city to document any remains of the structure and verify the completion of another contractor’s demolition work. Islander Courtesy Photo: City of Anna Maria

The historic Anna Maria City Pier is officially no more — above and below water.

The city paid Seamar Divers of Miami $2,500 to inspect the bay floor at the pier for remaining pilings and debris, according to Mayor Dan Murphy.

Using a remote underwater camera, the crew surveyed the area Aug. 16, finding some abandoned pilings and more than 100 years of accumulated debris.

Only the pilings and debris that would interfere with the construction of the new pier will be removed. Murphy said he doesn’t know what needs removal, or how long it might take.

The contractor for the demolition, Speeler and Associates of Clearwater, is not responsible for the removal of the remaining pilings, since the abandoned materials were not part of the demolition order.

Contractually, the demolition is complete, Murphy said, and Speeler will receive a final payment of $115,000.

The demolition cost the city $732,000.

Meanwhile, city officials were preparing a second request for proposals to build a new pier.

Murphy said an RFP should be ready by September, and the city would take bids for four weeks.

Commissioners voted to toss two bids from the original RFP when the bids came in significantly higher than the estimated cost.

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