Sarasota News Leader

03/01/2013

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A BIT STEEP A Sarasota County aerial map shows where new restrooms are planned to be built on South Lido Beach. Image courtesy Sarasota County AN $860,000 CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC RESTROOMS AT SOUTH LIDO BEACH PARK SPARKS COUNTY COMMISSION DISCUSSION ABOUT RECENT PROJECT EXPENSES By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Saying it appeared project teams are designing structures ���to a standard that is unreasonably expensive,��� Commissioner Nora Patterson this week refused to support awarding an $859,754.45 bid to a local firm for the construction of new restrooms at South Lido Beach. Her queries of staff during the Feb. 26 regular commission meeting led to Commissioner Christine Robinson winning unanimous approval from the board for a fuller dis- cussion of the project during the morning session of the commission���s March 6 meeting. The commissioners also agreed, by consensus, to ask County Administrator Randall Reid to schedule a workshop in the not-too-distant future on how county staff and consultants are designing new buildings for which I think the problem is the specs. bids seem to be comWe���re doing restrooms that I can���t justify ing in at higher costs per square foot than to the taxpayers. they expected. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County Patterson pulled the South Lido project

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