Anna Maria adjusts 2nd RFP for city pier construction

Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, and Brian Mathae, owner of Hurricane Hanks, thank people Sept. 5 for attending a benefit at the Holmes Beach restaurant to raise money to support AMITW. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love
Kathy Nunnally, sales manager at A Paradise Realty, left, and Sue Carroll, an associate with A Paradise, oversee a signup sheet Sept. 5 at Hurricane Hanks restaurant in Holmes Beach for support for AMITW. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

The decking on the new Anna Maria City Pier might look familiar when it’s done.

It will be made of wood, similar to the first pier. It originally was planned to be a concrete walkway with wood overlay, but commissioners chose a wood composite, Kebony.

The city of Anna Maria released its second request for proposals for the construction of the pier Sept. 5. Several changes were made to the specifications laid out in the first RFP, including to the walkway.

While concrete pilings and caps will be used, the walkway will no longer be a concrete walkway with a wood overlay, as detailed in the first RFP.

Murphy said using less concrete and laying a wood walkway and deck would lower the cost.

The new RFP also specifies a preference for the use of barges to transport materials — such as concrete pilings — needed for the construction of the pier.

Murphy was opposed to a parade of trucks bringing construction materials and equipment to the pier and contributing to island traffic congestion.

Contractors able to barge supplies would be favored in the mayor’s recommendations to the city commission.

To save money, Murphy said the city replaced stainless-steel rebar with chromium rebar in the concrete structure. He said tariffs increased the price of stainless steel, which was a factor in the decision.

Additionally, Murphy said the RFP allows contractors to use water jetting to set some pier pilings into the floor of Tampa Bay. The first RFP did not allow for jetting.

The city will accept bids until 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, after which Murphy and city officials will review the proposals and make a recommendation to city commissioners.

Commissioners will decide whether the city will pursue negotiations with a contractor or reject proposals a second time.

Largo-based Speeler & Associates, the contractor that demolished the pier, submitted a $3.72 million bid in the first RFP round, along with Tampa-based Icon’s $4.13 million bid for the project.

Both bids were higher than the $2.5 million estimate city engineer Ayres Associates prepared for the project.

City commissioners voted to reject the bids July 26 on Murphy’s recommendation.

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