City divides harbor project after higher-than-ecxpected bids

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.

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