City divides harbor project after higher-than-ecxpected bids
Published: November 2,2012
PASS CHRISTIAN — The city of Pass Christian has split its harbor improvements project into three parts.
Mayor Chipper McDermott tells WLOX-TV the decision was made after bids came in higher than expected on the $33-million project.
McDermott said the phase one dredging work is already finished and phase two, which involves concrete pilings, is wrapping up.
He said bids for the final phase came in higher than expected and required city leaders to rework the ambitious plans.
“We had to go back and do a little modification. One of them is there was going to be 240 slips in this harbor. So, the commercial we left alone, which is 120. And there was going to be 120 on the pleasure side.
“We’ve cut that pleasure side down to 60 slips from the original 120. You can always add on to it,” said McDermott.
A “splash pad” that was included in the original plans has also been deleted to cut costs.
Commercial fishing and seafood will be the heartbeat of the new harbor. Seafood wholesalers will have new facilities.
“We had to cutback a couple million dollars. Because this stuff is very expensive, we needed to go ahead and get the harbor finished. The commercial (industry) is the reason we got the harbor, so we didn’t touch any of that, that will all stay the same,” McDermott said.
McDermott said the new bids for the phase three work will be opened Nov. 28.
Officials expect the harbor project should be finished by the end of 2013.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- Jackson’s Landmark Center slated for mixed-use conversion
- ANITA MODAK-TRURAN — Mississippi’s motion picture renaissance
- WRESTLING SUCCESS — Ted DiBiase Jr. leaves ring to become entrepreneur
- Race to the pump: Feds appear ready to beat state on new gas taxes
- Senate transportation chair seeks emergency money for roads, bridges
- Challenging times ahead for Pearl’s manufactured home residents, apartment complex owners
- Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years
- Irby commits suicide after wife's prison release
- 3 dozen groups OK'd for Miss. specialty car tags