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City approves $100K contract for clearing of Sanibel River

By Staff | Oct 6, 2010

Barry Alan Roth, left, presented a check to the City of Sanibel, accepted by mayor Kevin Ruane, on behalf of the San-Cap Kiwanis Foundation for the city's New Year's Eve Fundraiser.

Following more than three hours of discussion related to the Bay Beach Zone boat dock prohibition, the City Council moved quickly through a brief agenda.

One of the items unanimously approved was the renewal of an annual contract with Canoe Adventures, Inc. totaling $100,000 for the clearing of the Sanibel River. The work includes dredging and vegetation trimming and removal.

“In order to maintain the Sanibel River while protecting the wildlife that uses the river and its surrounding vegetation, local knowledge of the river is imperative,” wrote Gates Castle, Public Works Director, in his memorandum to City Manager Judie Zimomra. “Mark ‘Bird’ Westall, the foremost authority on the river and its wildlife and vegetation, has submitted a proposal to perform the clearing work.”

Westall’s $100,000 bid for the contract reflects a five percent reduction over the proposed estimate for the work, which during 2010-11 will include removing vegetation debris, fallen trees and cattails in the section between Tarpon Bay Road and Rue Belle Mer. The city has awarded Canoe Adventures, Inc. the contract on an annual basis since 2005.

In other business, council authorized the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) to serve alcohol, beer and liquor at the Taste Of The Islands fundraiser, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 21. Since the event takes place at the city-operated Community Park, council had to approve alcohol sales.

Also, council passed a resolution nominating Samuel M. Bailey as a 2011 Great Floridian for his lifelong dedication to Sanibel’s history.