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Here’s The Scoop…From The Past…5/15/08 Plans…5/27/08 Pavilion Public Notice……6/4/08 No Walls…BUT…Still Questions WHY….And…. Who Knew What….When…

A PAST POST… MAY 27, 2008…BID PROCESS…Public Notices…Sun Sentinel…

with addition to the post….as follows…

“Also told…

1.plans for a “shell” in the works… to proceed… in order to not lose the grant….

2. bathrooms are on hold…”

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An e-mail from a concerned business owner..May 15,2008….

We just received the pavilion plans from the Florida department of
environmental protection
all owners next to this project has 14 day to send comments to Robert Halber Permit Manager, Bureau of beach and coastal systems 3900 commonwealth blvd. mail station 300 Tallahassee Florida 32399. It is so big the building taking up the wonderful view of the ocean can they cram anymore building
on commercial it looks bad. Maybe something to take a look at. I am sure none of the new commissioner is getting a copy or really have examine the plans.’

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BCbythesea…Questions remain…did the Commissioners see the plans received by the businesses?..Did the plans sent to the businesses…show no walls?…

Was it a different rendition than the …the Aug- Sept./08 Town Topics page 3 rendition…..the Town Hall Lobby rendition…the 1st construction site fence rendition…or the Dec 12/08 renditions brought into Town Hall by the contractor…that all had walls?……

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Public Notices

www.sunsentinel.com

5/27/08….full text …or at Town Hall….

Town of LBTS

Advertisement For Bids…

ITB #08-04-05

Commercial Blvd. Pavilion

The construction project consists of complete installation of pavilion structure as outlined in plans and specs…

All work performed shall be in accordance with contract documents…which are available for examination at Ocampo and Assoc. …in Stuart Fl…..or phone/fax…

Interested parties can contact Proj. architect Ernie Ojito for info….copies of plans/specs…can be obtained for $100 per set…call to make sure there is a sufficient supply…non-refundable…checks made out to Ocampo….

A MANDATORY pre-bid conference is scheduled for 2 pm…6/4/08…Jarvis Hall

all questions submitted by fax to Ocampo by 2 pm…. 6/11/08…

if necessary an addendum will be issued to contractors that attended pre-bid conference within 7 days of final date of submission of questions….

Sealed proposals will be received by Town Clerk at Town Hall until 2 pm….6/25/08…at which time they will publicly opened and read aloud…

Any bid received after time/date above will not be considered…

Each bid must be accompanied by a certified check drawn upon any state/national bank of Fl…same for cashier’s check…or an acceptable bid bond in an amount not less than 5% of the bid…as guarantee that the BIDDER will not withdraw from the competition after opening bids and if written notice is given of such award …enter into written contract with Town of LBTS in accordance with the written proposal….Should successful BIDDER fail to enter into contract …the check or bid bond shall be forfeited as liquidated damages…

No bidder may withdraw his bid for a period of 90 days after the day set for the opening of bids….

The Town of LBTS reserves the right to reject any and all bids ..to waive informalities…to re-advertise…and award the contract in its best interest…

June White

Town Clerk….

BCbythesea…opinion….in previous post…we hear the grant will amount to approx. $156 thousand…

the rest will come from Capital Improvements…most likely the $3.4 million…left from not putting in the Palm Club sewers…although it will be stressed …these monies were not specifically allocated for the sewers…

Also told…

1.plans for a “shell” in the works… to proceed… in order to not lose the grant….

2. bathrooms are on hold…

3. Neighboring establishments…feel the pavilion is too large….

as they have been contacted for input from the Environmental Protection Agency…

BCbythesea….Let’s get this one right…from beginning to end…

1. input in the process from the neighboring businesses… Commissioners…and residents…

2. will be using a new planner/engineer…to make sure the process runs smooth…and within budget…unlike in the past…

3. use the new Town Atty. to add necessary language and remove all “loopholes” seen from previous capital improvement contracts…such a time frame and penalty for not meeting it…

Finally….

BCbythesea… very happy to see that …unlike the RFP for Town Atty….the city could entertain re-advertising…

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6/4/08….BID MEETING….INCLUDING …

‘It will be a “simple structure”…metal roofing…wood frame…stucco trusses…pavers…. and no walls…

walls would require too much extra time …making the deadline unattainable…due to extra permitting…etc…

the future bathrooms will have “stub-outs” for sewer and water ….for adding at a later date…either within the structure with walls…or outside the structure…

there will be interior lighting…some existing landscaping will need to be re-done….

Barring any opposition from the owners of the buildings surrounding the Pavilion area…after the required notification….which could set the project back…. the time frame should be enough…for this “simple structure.”..according to the Architect…

A workshop with the local businesses will be put together to help with the negative impact during the construction…”

BCbythesea…we found out on June 6,2008…we had until 10/19/09 to complete this project…plenty of time for walls…bathrooms were intended to be “stubbed out”…and businesses were to be contacted….HMMMM…………

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8 Interested Companies

LBTS had 8 interested companies….interested in the construction of the pavilion…. …show for the mandatory pre-bid conference at Jarvis Hall today…at 2 pm…

in attendance…the following companies…

1. MBR Construction…Fort Lauderdale…Ed Broccoli…

they built the portals…were supposed to build the Jarvis enclosure…(enclosure was shelved….)

BCbythesea…was very impressed with this gentleman’s questions… throughout the meeting…

2.Tenex Enterprises Inc. …Pompano Beach….Hamid Fouladi…

doing the Seagrape/Washingtonia project…

BCbythesea…this gentleman made sure I knew he and his on-site manager are trying to finish this job,but are at their wits end with Walter Keller…..

Assist. to the Town Manager…. John Olinzock was in total agreement…

Commissioners need to get some answers…

3.SA Consultants, LLC…Miami ….Hamid Salehi

4. J. Rawn Enterprises, Inc….West Palm Beach…..Jack Rawn…

5. Merkury Development ….Miami….Willy Gomez… (the company is spelled with a k not a c…not a mistake….)

6. Coastal Contracting and Development, Inc…..Hollywood….Gary McGeddy…

7. Sanalil Construction…Plantation….Armon Rahmankhah…

8. MDP Construction & Engineering ….Mario Dipietro P.E…..

John Olinzock welcomed all and explained this was an informal meeting just to discuss the project…to address all questions and concerns before the bids are due…6/25/08…2pm…to be received by the Town Clerk…

He explained we are on a deadline due to a Broward County Grant attachment to the project…

that grant is on the docket…with the Broward County Commissioners…to ask for an extension …of 9 months …Aug. 09…(this will be the 4th extension)…working with Broward County Comm. Ken Keechl…

without that extension…in order to retain the grant the project must be completed by Dec. 2008…final day…12/8/08…with all paperwork in to the Assistant to the Town Manager by 12/1/08….

The Dept. of Environmental Protection is now reviewing the plans…and John Olinzock stated …he is “harassing them to move along.”….they have had the plans since late Feb….

Asked about the state review…John replied he did not want 2 different reviews….he would get the state’s review and then the county’s….

John also stated that he had preliminary approval from the commission…on design/budget…and “budget priorities” would be discussed at the budget workshops….

He answered a question asked about the size of the budget….that he recalled it was $900 thousand….(later the architect recalled there is no set budget…but that $900 thousand seemed an appropriate amount for this structure…..)

The architect arrived a little late…and went over the plans with those in attendance….(the above companies….this writer…1 resident…and Comm. Clottey….)

as he went from page to page …he added…a few points…

turtle monitoring will be required as the project progresses….

a fence will be around the construction area…on the beach…a construction bidder…asked if a beach fence would be allowed…seeming to think they were not ……

power will come from the light pole to the south of the project…approx. cost to run to the project $15 thousand…

It will be a “simple structure”…metal roofing…wood frame…stucco trusses…pavers…. and no walls…

walls would require too much extra time …making the deadline unattainable…due to extra permitting…etc…

the future bathrooms will have “stub-outs” for sewer and water ….for adding at a later date…either within the structure with walls…or outside the structure…

there will be interior lighting…some existing landscaping will need to be re-done….

Barring any opposition from the owners of the buildings surrounding the Pavilion area…after the required notification….which could set the project back…. the time frame should be enough…for this “simple structure.”..according to the Architect…

A workshop with the local businesses will be put together to help with the negative impact during the construction…

John Olinzock’s philosophy….”You need to break an egg to bake a cake”….

They will keep the driveways and parking lots open …have access to the beach…and try to accommodate for business evening hours etc…

It will be done with “staging” the area…and in “phases”….suggested from the Architect …from the middle…of the pavilion ….

The Architect will be the contact for those companies continuing on in the process… providing the plans and answering all questions from his office in Stuart….

Some provided the Architect with a check for the required $100 to receive a set of plans….

now….we will see …. if the DEP……the neighboring building owners….. the County… the State….the budget … the commission…. the administration….the architect….and these companies can pull it all together….

stay tuned…

Any input…contact your commissioner….

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UPDATE…One additional Pavilion discussion took place at the March 25,2008 Workshop…under Capital Improvements …. What rendering if any was shown then…The minutes do not provide any statements of a no wall/bathroom structure shown…..and again renditions with walls were shown in Aug-Sept. Town Topics etc…(see above)…

more to come

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