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Date of Issue: July 30, 2008

Bids for boating plan under review

Bradenton Beach city officials are reviewing two proposals to develop a recreational boating master plan.

The city received three bids from firms seeking to develop a plan that would lead to the creation of a mooring field and establishing other boating amenities. The IBI Group, Scheda Ecological Associates and PBS&J submitted bids on the project in mid-July.

Meeting July 21, city commissioners prioritized the proposals for further consideration, selecting the lowest bidders, the IBI Group and Scheda.

The commission was scheduled to hear presentations on the proposals at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, after The Islander went to press for the week.

An act of the Florida Legislature in 2006 authorized the expansion of Bradenton Beach’s boundaries 500 feet into the waterways surrounding the city. City officials sought the expansion to pursue the creation of an anchorage and mooring field, which will be located in Sarasota Bay south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

The city has completed a number of tasks required to establish the mooring field, including mapping the area seagrasses and building a harbormaster’s office on the renovated pier.

The city also secured a $39,200 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to hire a consultant to help create a recreational boating master plan.

The request for bids outlined the scope of the project: “Services relating to consultation, investigation, study, feasibility, planning and reporting. The work entails involvement with the public, analyzing current conditions, producing the needed documents for a legal review to institute a managed anchorage and mooring field, complete applications for buoys and markers, any engineering required for permitting, final design phase of non-motorized launch sites within the city boundaries, cost estimates to institute launches” and the mooring field.

Scheda proposed doing the job for $44,000 and IBI for $39,200, the amount of the FWC grant.

City project and program manager Lisa Marie Phillips offered an evaluation of both proposals.

Regarding Scheda’s, Phillips said, “I love the way this proposal reads - it is the most focused on our needs.”

However, Phillips said, the proposal did not address the city’s request to study establishing non-motorized launches.

Regarding the IBI Group proposal, Phillips said the firm submitted a previous bid that the city pursued but “had trouble negotiating a contract.”

She added, “They do a good job of including both project areas of study.”