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ABOUT THOSE BIDS ��� The Siesta Key Beach stormwater project has been planned to prevent future closures of the beach to swimming. File photo COUNTY STAFF RECOMMENDS THE COUNTY COMMISSION PROCEED WITH AWARDING THE SIESTA BEACH STORMWATER PROJECT ONCE THE CONTRACT IS READY By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Although all three bids came in about three C. Kirkman, director of Environmental Utilitimes higher than expected, Sarasota County ties; Warren Davis, surface water manager for staff is recommendEnvironmental Utiliing the County Comties; and Curtis Smith, mission proceed with project manager in the Staff is currently awaiting receipt Capital Assets Group. awarding a contract to the ���lowest respon- of an additional amendment to the sive and responsible [Southwest Florida Water Management Smith is the managbidder��� for the Sies- District] Agreement that will extend the er of the stormwater ta Beach stormwater ���Complete Construction��� milestone to Dec. project. 31, 2013 and the agreement expiration project. County commissionThat recommendation came in a Feb. 13 memo from Jody date to March 31, 2014. County Staff Memo Feb. 13, 2013 ers expressed concern when they learned that of the three bids for

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