Mayor closes in on pier construction contract

A contract for the construction of the Anna Maria City Pier platform and pilings is almost ready for a vote.

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said at the Nov. 8 city commission meeting that negotiations with i+iconSOUTHEAST have progressed well and he hoped to bring a contract before commissioners for consideration before Friday, Nov. 16.

If commissioners vote to approve the contract, site preparation and mobilization would begin in December. Murphy projected that the first pilings would be driven into the seabed in January.

Additionally, the city received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin construction, to go along with the $1,372,427.50 granted by the agency in August for the pier construction.

With a $3,665,330.50 price tag, i+icon submitted the lowest-priced satisfactory bid in the second round of requests by the city for pier proposals.