Three bidders vie to build pier restaurant
Three contractors have offered bids to build the new restaurant-dockmaster
office-bathhouse-dockage facilities at the City of
Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The pier restaurant, damaged
during hurricanes, has been closed since September
2004. The damage to the popular restaurant at the east end of Bridge
Street was so severe that the structure was razed earlier this year.
Plans were drawn up to rebuild the structure, as well as ancillary buildings
and an extensive floating dock to the south of the 630-foot-long deck
that juts into Anna Maria Sound.
A bid opening last Friday produced three
contractors willing to do the construction on the buildings
and docks. They bidders included:
- Kesselring Corp. of Bradenton at
- Hayes Construction of Fort Myers
- Southern Cross Contractors of Sarasota
City officials had estimated the work to
cost $1.7 million, which is to come from a variety
of funding sources, including grants.
City commissioners are scheduled to discuss
the matter and approve a contractor to do the work
during a special city commission meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 8.