~Water study to begin in next two weeks~

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 09:41 AM.

After considerable discussion Tuesday night Port St. Joe city commissioners approved a final scope of work for the project manager on the Cape San Blas Lighthouse location.

There will be a joint workshop at noon ET today, weather permitting, on the grounds south of Baltzell Avenue to examine potential sites for the relocated lighthouse.

The workshop will be moved to the same time on Friday if rain interferes.

Commissioners approved the scope of work for Preble Rish, Engineers which has agreed to serve as project manager for the relocation.

Last week commissioners sought a clearer and more palatable timeline for paying milestones in the work, given that the initial architectural and design work to be done by subcontractors for the new site was pegged at just over $49,000, more than has been banked in the relocation fundraising effort to date.

Commissioners were presented with another proposal for that work at Tuesday’s regular bi-monthly meeting, a proposal to perform that work for $20,000 less.

Commissioner Rex Buzzett said that the city put its engineers of record over the project and any proposal for a portion of the work – the latest from the design firm that performed under the planning grant for a new waterfront park- and Preble Rish, not commissioners, should consider the proposal.

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