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Siesta Seen WITH THE SIESTA BEACH PROJECT NEARING THE 90-PERCENT DESIGN STAGE, THE COUNTY PLANS TO GET A BANK LOAN TO COVER THE COST; EAT HERE SOON WILL BE FORMALLY NOTIFIED OF ITS PARKING PLAN VIOLATION; THE BOLLARDS INSTALLATION CONTINUES By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The Siesta Public Beach project will be back before the County Commission on the afternoon of Aug. 28, but staff will not be able to provide an updated estimate on the cost, the commissioners learned this week. On May 7, the board hired Jon F. Swift Inc. of Sarasota to handle the construction management at risk oversight of the project. That means Swift will hire the subcontractors and make sure everything is completed at a guaranteed maximum price (GMP). During the commission's Aug. 20 budget workshop, Isaac Brownman, director of capital projects for the county, said he had hoped Swift would have information about the GMP by Aug. 28. However, he pointed out, "They literally have 19 packages that are out bidding right now" in the effort to hire the subcontrac- A couple on Siesta Key Beach watches the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Peter van Roekens

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