AM City Pier restaurant, bait shop request for proposals issued

The city of Anna Maria is beginning to set its sights on the next phase of work on the new Anna Maria City Pier: the restaurant and bait shop on the T-end.

Pile-driving wrapped up April 17 and, while i+iconSOUTHEAST continues to construct the walkway and T-end, Anna Maria City Commission Chair Brian Seymour said April 25 the city had issued a request for proposals for the construction of the restaurant and bait shop on the T-end.

He added in an interview April 26 that Murphy and city staff compile and issue the RFP. He said the commission doesn’t have a say in the contents of RFPs before issuance, but would make recommendations on the proposals after bids are collected.

The RFP calls for the construction of a 2,460-square-foot building with a restaurant, bait shop and restrooms. The contractor must include water, sewer, fire protection, communication, gas and electric systems.

The document also establishes a 200-day deadline for construction, with a $495 daily fine for finishing late.

Contractors must submit their proposals to the city by May 20.

Mayor Dan Murphy said April 25 Icon returned that day loaded with frames, wood bents and other materials for the walkway construction.

Work installing wood bents to support the walkway resumed April 27, according to Murphy.

Most of the remaining materials needed to construct the pier will be delivered to the city. Murphy said concrete pile caps and decking for the T-end would be delivered to Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach in the next few weeks, to be loaded onto Icon’s barge.

Ipe decking for the pier walkway and to top the concrete deck at the T-end will be delivered to the city either the week beginning April 29 or May 6.

Murphy said Icon will close the landside pavilion again to work on the walkway close to shore. He said there were no dates set for the closures.

“We’re making good progress,” Murphy said. “Things are moving along, and it’s really starting to shape up.”

Additionally, the city hired divers in March to inspect underwater after two T-end pilings failed. Murphy said the divers reported no evidence of problems, including the two replacement piles.

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