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Five names entered into Anna Maria City Pier bidding hat

ANNA MARIA –The latest round request for proposals (RFP) to rebuild the city pier closed Oct. 3. Five Florida-based construction companies entered their names as candidates.

Mayor Dan Murphy said during the Sept. 27 Anna Maria City Commission meeting he hoped 11-12 companies would enter proposals.

The companies: Cone & Graham, Inc. from Port Saint Lucie, GLF Construction Corporation from Miami, Speeler & Associates, Inc. from Largo, and i+iconUSA and American Bridge, both from Tampa, submitted RFPs to the city by the 3 p.m. deadline.

Speeler & Associates, which was hired to demolish the city pier, and i+iconUSA had previously sent in construction proposals during the city’s last RFP round in July.

The last round of proposals were over the city’s expected budget. Speeler & Associates proposed a reconstruction price at $3.72 million and i+iconUSA also had previously given the city a $4.13 million offer. They were the only two companies to send in proposals, and both bids were rejected by the mayor with unanimous City Commission support.

The city has budgeted almost $2.5 million for the reconstruction, which includes only the main pier structure and the T-end located at the end of the pier. The city has not opened RFPs for the buildings at the end of the pier, where the bait shop and Anna Maria City Pier restaurant operated from.

City officials declined to comment on the latest proposals or on further details.

The city has purchased concrete pilings for the pier. Murphy said Sept. 27 he’s laid eyes on the pilings, and they’re “sound and accounted for.”

If all goes according to plan, if a proposal is accepted, officials have said they hope reconstruction work will begin in December.

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