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MOVING FORWARD WITH BONDS A graphic illustration shows the proposed basic Siesta Beach park planned improvements, at a total cost of $21.5 million. Image courtesy Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION AUTHORIZES FINAL DESIGN AND BIDDING OUT OF THE SIESTA PUBLIC BEACH PROJECT, WITH FUNDING FROM BOND REVENUE BUT WITH A CHANGE IN HOW CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT WILL BE HANDLED By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor After close to two hours of discussion and public comments combined, the Sarasota County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to authorize staff to complete the design of the Siesta Public Beach project and put it out for bid, with the cost not to exceed $21.5 million. In making the motion, however, Commissioner Joe Barbetta went against staff recommendations for oversight of the actual work. He included in his motion direction for the county to hire a construction manager instead of an outside company to handle construction engineering inspection (CEI). The amount includes $16.7 million estimated for the actual construction, with the rest al- Mark Smith, a Siesta architect and the chairlocated to engineering and architectural con- man of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce sulting fees. ��� who reviewed the design plans at the beThe motion also permitted staff to seek sup- hest of commissioners ��� had proposed the plemental bids for 10 ���extras��� for the project board pursue the employment of a construction manager to save money. that the design team had suggested.

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