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Siesta Seen project to construct a new seawall in the park, which is at the entry to Bay Island — the point of land people reach before they arrive on Siesta Key proper if they use the north bridge on Siesta Drive. County staff had hoped the company holding the bond on the project would find another contractor to take over the work in the after math of the man's death — which was ruled to have been by natural causes. However, the matter ended up in U.S. District Court. Project Manager Paul Semenec notified the commissioners in late March that the firm that held the bond advertised the project in November 2013; but when the bids were opened in January of this year, all the bids exceeded the bond amount, which was the same as CB Construction Services' bid last year. The stipulated settlement, DeMarsh explained on April 8, would give the county $802,147.62. Added to funds awarded to the project but left unspent, DeMarsh pointed out, the county would have about $1.4 million altogether to complete the project. "We think that this is in the best interest of the county," DeMarsh added of the stipu lated settlement. The north Siesta Key bridge is in full view from the section of Bay Island Park that faces Sarasota Bay. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader April 11, 2014 Page 104

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