Mexico Beach council halts city hall project

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:52 AM.

Mayor Al Cathey was absent from the voting due to Cathey Construction’s affiliation with the project.

The new city hall was planned to sit in a new location on the Parker House property. The historic Parker House underwent demolition in April.

An official contract between the city and Cathey Construction was never drafted due to the state of flux in the project and all that was filed was a Request for Qualifications on the project.

The council referred to the document as an “agreement to agree.”

Blackburn and Councilman Jeff Tendler agreed that canceling the contract with Cathey Construction was the best course of action.

Councilman Jack Mullen wanted city attorney Paul Komarek to look at the agreement to ensure that if it was canceled, they weren’t legally obligated to offer the project to the second bidder, Southern Cat.

Mullen added that Komarek should be able to share his findings for the council’s regular meeting in August.

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