BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Tank, the Labrador mix who has been staying with Blanche and Jacques Boudreau of The Loose Caboose Restaurant, has come through his cancer treatment with flying colors.
BY JACK SHORT - Residents near Belcher road, separated from the briny deep by little more than luck and shambles of a seawall, will be able to breathe a bit easier soon. The pending beach renourishment project will add some buffer, but the big news is that the state is moving ahead with repairs to the seawall.
“This is a great example of the state responding to a local need,” said John Kissinger, who is part of a homeowners group that has been working with the BIPS and the GICIA, among others, to get the state’s attention since 2004.
Jim Ardrey, also part of the homeowner’s group, said he is also pleased by the response and added, “We hope that the scope of the work is consistent with what Humiston and Moore laid out in the permit documents.”
Chad Lach, park manager III for Gasparilla Island State Parks Administration, said that the contract was awarded to Innovative Marine Structures. Their office is located in Englewood, and they have been serving the area for three years.
“The contractor has been selected. We’ve been through the protest period,” Lach said. “I’ve worked with them before and I know they do good work.”
Perry Lawrence, founder of Innovative Marine Structures, said they had recently worked together on a project in Don Pedro Island State Park.According to documents provided by the Department of Environmental Protection, bids were submitted by seven companies from as far away as Panama City. Of the five that were not disqualified, bids ranged from $219,320 to $417,830.
The DEP awarded the project to the “qualified, responsive bidder submitting the lowest bid, provided his bid is responsible and is in the best interest of the department to accept it.”
The DEP’s invitation to bid listed the project budget at $225,000.
Final authorization to proceed with construction seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line was granted by the DEP to Humiston and Moore Engineers on July 16. Humiston and Moore were the original surveyors and drew up the original plans.
Lawrence said he is waiting on the notice to proceed, but thinks they may be able to begin as soon as two weeks from now. He said he expects things to go smoothly and hopes to have the project finished in eight weeks.
IMS was the only local contractor that entered a bid.
“We’ve done a lot of work out here and we’re in tune with the level of professionalism that’s required,” Lawrence said. He added that, with the Pass Club reopening soon, extra care will be needed to coordinate with those who still want to access the beach and surrounding areas.
“We’re coordinating with Chad Lach on staging and public access,” Lawrence said. “We have a good relationship with him.”
The base bid included just over 330 feet of the seawall, and remaining funds allowed for an additional 176 feet of seawall to be repaired.
The permit issued includes the following repairs to 508 feet of the 921 foot seawall: removal of sections of deteriorated concrete and steel of the seawall cap and portions of the top of some of the seawall sheet pile, placement of steel reinforcing, and forming and pouring new sections of sheet pile and cap in place.
Lawrence said that the engineers will make further assessments once the capstone is removed to see how far down they’ll have to cut before they are left only with good, solid concrete, and then they will rebuild the wall and capstone that was removed.
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Scott Alexander “Big Scott” Adams, age 46, of Watkinsville, passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
BY JACK SHORT - Tonya Doherty will probably find the transition to her new job easier than the last, since she’s basically moving up the road.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled four meetings throughout the state in late September and early October in order to continue presenting the public with information about the Department's state conservation land assessment and to take public comment.
To the Editor:
On Sept. 18, 2013 at their final budget hearing, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners betrayed the public trust.
It was great start of the season for Cecilia Jonsson-Bisset when on Thursday, Sept. 12 she was awarded first place in the fall exhibit at the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda. The show features 63 artists exhibiting works in 2 dimensions.
Her watercolor titled " Sundrenched" will be on display until Thursday, October 3. The Visual Arts Center is located at 210 Maud Street Punta Gorda. (941) 639-8810
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