Pitts to head dredge permit work

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM.

“We will be assessing dredge material disposal sites, perform sediment sampling and coordinate with the county and (Tourist Development Council) on potential beach renourishment sites among other duties associated with the dredge permit work,” Pitts said.

Hatch Mott approached Pitts some weeks ago, noting that Pitts’ extensive knowledge of the port and channel could be invaluable to the work on the dredge permit application.

However, Pitts and the company would not consider any decision until consulting with the Florida Department of Transportation, which provided the grant to fund the dredge permit application.

“Ethically, Tommy is above reproach,” said Port Authority chair Leonard Costin.

A review by Samuel J. Henderson, district chief counsel in the Office of the General Counsel for the FDOT, indicated that the Port Authority and Pitts would not violate any ethical state laws in his employment with Hatch Mott MacDonald.

“From the information given to me, it appears that Mr. Pitts is not an officer, partner, director or proprietor of Hatch Mott MacDonald at this time and does not now, nor is it contemplated that he, his spouse or his children will have a material interest in Hatch Mott MacDonald,” Henderson wrote Costin.

Further, Pitts had never been employed previously by Hatch Mott and did not participate in the selection of the company on a continuing engineering contract in 2007 – a decision made by the Port Authority board.

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