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Sarasota News Leader March 8, 2013 Chief County Engineer James K. Harriott Jr.; and Brad Robertson, project manager for capital projects, points out that Bay Island Park is on the west side of the Siesta Drive bridge. The portion of the park on the south side of Siesta Drive is county-owned, while the city owns the north side of it. Page 55 by spoil islands parks and is used by boaters for loading and offloading," the memo says. The project will entail the "removal of the current seawall and construction of a new seawall using pre-cast concrete panels," the memo adds. Sidewalk improvements will be undertaken as well. "The shoreline of the park is hardened with a Five contractors submitted bids for the projseawall/bulkhead around the entire perime- ect, the memo notes, with CB Construction ter," the memo notes. Services deemed the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. The highest bid received That seawall is more than 40 years old and in was $1,554,308, according to a memo from a need of replacement, the memo points out. county Procurement Department analyst. The park, the memo continues, "is heavily During the Feb. 7 Siesta Key Association used for recreational fishing"; easily acces- meeting, President Catherine Luckner noted sible, it is popular with the public. The park that the project would not necessitate con"also provides a mooring location for marine struction traffic in the park. Instead, she said, law enforcement and emergency services for the contractor plans to use barges to access firefighting and rescue operations to the near- the area. % The seawall in Bay Island Park shows signs of wear. Photo by Rachel Hackney

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