Big Step For Big Dock
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
Cedar Key's Big Dock was back in the limelight Tuesday. Though repairs are going to be more costly than expected, county leaders hope it won't cost residents a penny.
Levy County Commissioners accepted a bid to rebuild what was destroyed in the 2004 hurricanes, but it wasn't the lowest one.
It's an $800- thousand oversight on the part of the bidder. It's a good thing there were three bids to choose from this time around. That's unlike the first time, when one was returned at a cost three times what FEMA budgeted for the project.
Levy County Commissioners found out today that the lowest bid at $2.77 million didn't fulfill all the requirements of the Request For Proposals. There were some signatures missing, and most notably, the bond document insuring they would finish the job was not in order.
"The low bid would have been good," says Levy County Coordinator Freddie Moody. "But they had plenty of time to do this package. I understand they had some turnover in the departments and they just weren't able to respond in a timely fashion."
So the commissioners voted to go with Lucas Marine Construction out of Stuart with a winning bid of nearly $3.6 million dollars. Although the bid is an additional $800- thousand dollars, Moody says FEMA officials have indicated they will pick up the entire tab.
The best news for those who anxiously await the completion of the project... everything is going according to schedule so far. So moody and others hope it's ready for a grand opening next summer.
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