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Sunset Beach pavilion repairs OK’d
Commissioners approve $59,720 to repair structure at Sunset Vista Park
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TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 18 to pass a resolution that sets the stage for necessary repairs to Sunset Vista Park Pavilion at the entrance to Sunset Beach.

Because the site was in danger of being developed, the city constructed the pavilion in 2003 with a grant from the state and funds from the Penny for Pinellas. Since then, cracking of the concrete slab has caused major damage to mosaic tiles.

The total cost of the project is $59,720, which requires a budget amendment appropriation of $9,720.

“I say take (the pavilion) down but since it was paid for with a grant, we can’t do that,” said Commissioner Alan Bildz. “My arm is twisted to vote for this.”

Once the seriousness of the damage was clear, city staff contracted Advanced Engineering for an assessment of the structural integrity of the slab. During that examination, the engineering firm discovered the need to repair and paint the stucco, railings, stairs, wall-mounted lights and wooden structural components.

In addition to the assessment, city leaders approved Advanced Engineering to complete repair design drawings and bid documents at a cost of $5,350.

Two companies bid on the project, which was awarded to Ricky W. Cheeks Construction Inc., at $48,085.

City staff also contracted with Advanced Engineering to oversee construction, engineering and inspection of the project at a cost of $6,285.

“You can’t always predict when concrete is going to crack,” said Public Works Director Jim Murphy. “This construction should mitigate some of the problems we’ve had.”

Murphy predicted the work would begin within four weeks and would be complete in 90 to 100 days.

In other action, commissioners:

• Passed on second and final reading an ordinance approving a franchise agreement with Progress Energy for the next 10 years.

• Passed on second and final reading an ordinance repealing Chapter 63 regarding alcoholic beverages and creating a new Chapter 3 for alcoholic beverages. The decision moves the city’s alcoholic beverage regulations from the authority of the land development agency and puts them under administrative directive with the city codes.

• Passed a resolution to award a bid not to exceed $101,049 to Creative Sign Designs to furnish and install new beach access signs along Gulf Boulevard and a bid to Eveland Brothers Inc., not to exceed $122,486 to install beach access beach access amenities, plus four educational signs and two spare turtle friendly bollards.

• Passed a resolution authorizing Advance Engineering to complete the design, engineering and DEI work for drainage projects on Sunset Beach, Isle of Capri and the Isle of Palms.

• Passed a resolution approving a wastewater pretreatment agreement with the city of St. Petersburg.

• Passed a resolution approving $89,863 for relining of manholes in the city.
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