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Bayport Pier reconstruction kicks off with Archeological Assessment

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on July 15, 2018

At the Tuesday, July 10, 2018 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) awarded Midcoast Construction Enterprises, LLC out of Largo, FL the contract to complete the reconstruction of the Bayport Pier in the amount of $657,060.50.

The reconstruction of the pier will begin after an archaeological assessment is completed in coordination with the Division of Historical Resources to comply with permitting requirements. A previously recorded shipwreck is located within the vicinity of the pier and two additional overlapping archaeological sites are also recorded in the project area. The goal of the assessment is to test and evaluate the sites, and ultimately protect the integrity of the sites during the pier’s reconstruction. If there are federal permits, land or funding involved in the project, it may be subject to compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Cardno, a global environmental firm that is overseeing the entire project, was issued a notice to proceed with the work on July 9, 2018, and has 90 days to obtain a permit for the underwater study, to complete the archaeological assessment and submit the final report. Once completed, the pier’s reconstruction plan and timeline will be established.

The total cost of the Bayport Pier reconstruction will be $828,339.70:

$28,880 = Damage Assessment by Cardno (completed)

$65,291.20 = Engineering and Construction Oversight by Cardno (ongoing)

$77,108 = Archaeological Assessment by Cardno (ongoing)

$657,060.50 = Construction of Pier by Midcoast Construction Enterprises (approved)

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