Pier building bids received but not revealed

AM Pier rendering
This architect’s rendering illustrates what the new pier buildings are expected to look like. - Submitted

ANNA MARIA – The city of Anna Maria received four bids from construction firms seeking the contract to build the new restaurant and the bait shop at the T-end of the new city pier.

During last week’s emergency commission meeting, Mayor Dan Murphy told commissioners the bids are not yet public record and will remain confidential until he comes to the commission with a recommendation. That recommendation is expected at the emergency commission meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 6.

“I would ask that you keep them confidential because they are not indeed public record – that was verified again yesterday by the city attorney,” Murphy said.

“What you see on the paper is what counts. Just take them as they are and make a decision from that. That’s the only fair way to do it,” he added.

At the conclusion of the meeting, City Clerk LeAnne Addy provided commissioners with sealed envelopes containing copies of the bids to review before the June 6 meeting.

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