The process to find a contractor to construct a new Anna Maria City Pier has begun again.
Mayor Dan Murphy said Aug. 31 a second request for proposals was to be approved and issued Sept. 4, after The Islander went to press.
On approval of the RFP, the city will accept bids for four weeks.
The mayor, other city officials and Ayres Associates — a Tampa-based engineering firm contracted to oversee design and engineering for the pier rebuild and assist in preparation of the RFP —will review and bid proposals and make a recommendation to city commissioners in early October.
Commissioners will decide how to proceed, whether the city will pursue negotiations with a contractor or reject the second round of bids.
On the first RFP, the city received two bids: A $3.72 million bid from Largo-based Speeler & Associates, the contractor that demolished the pier, and a $4.13 million bid from Tampa-based Icon.
Both bids exceeded the $2.5 million estimate Ayres prepared for the project and were rejected by commissioners on the mayor’s recommendation.
The RFP did not include construction of the pier restaurant and bait shop.
— Ryan Paice