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CEPD hears bids for beach renourishment project

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | May 4, 2021

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District’s staff provided the commission with an update on the bids received for the upcoming beach renourishment project during a recent workshop meeting, along with an overview of the apportionment methodology theories that staff have been examining to pay for it.

On April 29, Technical Director Daniel Munt gave a presentation on three different models being researched to determine how property owners could be assessed to cover the project, which include a benefits based model, hybrid one involving ad valorem and public beach access proximity model.

Prior to diving into the methodology theories, he updated the commissioners on the recent bids received for the project. With the bid window closing as of April 27, three firms had submitted four offers — one provided two — which range in cost from about $15.63 million to $25.63 million.

Tom Pierro with Coastal Protection Engineering, a subcontractor for the CEPD’s engineering firm APTIM on the project, was present for the workshop and expressed excitement about the bids.

“These are fantastic bids,” he said. “These are bids to be celebrated.”

Pierro pointed to the last renourishment in 2013 and reiterated that the mobilization cost — price to assemble the equipment required to do the work — is always the most expensive aspect of the project.

“Almost a decade has passed, and we actually got a lower mobilization price,” he said.

Pierro attributed the change to the CEPD providing interested firms the flexibility for “time of completion” for the work, including a 12-month start window with the project done in six months.

As for the bids, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company quoted $15,625,485; Weeks Marine Inc. submitted one for $15,764,750 and one for $18,238,750, based on the CEPD’s optimal and suboptimal bid periods; and Manson Construction Co. offered up the highest out of the four at $25,629,575.

The totals are based on putting down 600,000 cubic yards of sand as recommended by the project’s engineer. However, staff also got quotes from each firm for 450,000 and 750,000 for flexibility.

Treasurer Dick Pyle asked what the chance is of having to go up 25 percent to 750,000.

Munt and Pierro reported that it is up to the commission how much sand it wants to approve, adding that the recommendation is 600,000. Pierro added that it could go higher than 750,000 if it wants.

Munt also provided the commissioners with a breakdown of the totals by firm for sand unit price, sea oat unit and total prices, screening and removal of unacceptable material, and start and finish dates.

The commission is scheduled to review and discuss the bids at a workshop meeting on May 6, then officially vote on which firm to pick for the project at its monthly meeting scheduled for May 10.

Following the update on the bids, Munt provided the commissioners with an overview of the apportionment methodology theories that staff are exploring to calculate the assessments.

The benefits based model, which has been used for previous renourishment projects, entails a storm protection benefit cost levied on all properties that front on the Gulf of Mexico and a recreation benefit cost levied on all properties on Captiva, including single- and multi-family, condos and commercial.

After deducting federal and county cost shares for the project, the Gulf-front properties are broken down into six zones and the cost share for each calculated for the storm protection benefit. The island as a whole is then broken down by property type, with the cost shares calculated for the recreation.

The hybrid model entails relying on the same storm protection benefit cost for Gulf-front properties broken down by zone, then an ad valorem-based calculation when it comes to the recreation cost.

The public beach access proximity model entails increasing public use and access to the beach, like adding parking and bike racks, as a means of raising federal and state cost shares for the project.

To view the beach renourishment bid comparison, click PROJECT BID COMPARSION.

To view the apportionment presentation, click APPORTIONMENT PRESENTATION.