We have a more official answer from Bob Tweedie Economic Development Director for the city of Taveres regarding the dock situation. This should clarify the situation and lay to rest any concerns we all have regarding the show. Many folks reached out to the city asking for clarification. mmmmm, Florida – old angry people? Classic Boaters? Old angry people with old boats..
Imagine trying to manage a government with these two groups coming for you.. Like the AARP wants to go on vacation after a long winter. The good news, is Bob, Terry and the entire team, of BTW old angry people that like boats as well, is doing his best to make it all happen. now if you will excuse me, i have to go yell at some kids on my lawn!
All kidding aside, here is Bobs email to us all.
The City has selected, through a Request for Qualifications procurement process as required by Florida Statute, Haskell Corporation for the design/build project to reconstruct the Tavares Seaplane Base & Marina facilities destroyed by Hurricane Irma. We have issued a contract and Notice to Proceed on the design, due diligence, permitting phase of the project on August 1, 2018. Under the terms of that contract Haskell has 240 days to complete this phase of the project. Upon completion of this phase of the project, by the end of March, 2019 Haskell will have secured all necessary permitting on behalf of the City and provide a detailed construction plans, construction cost and construction schedule. Upon acceptance and approval by the City’s insurance Carrier, which is funding 98% of the cost of the project (including design) the construction phase contract will be required to be brought to City Council for approval at a scheduled public City Council meeting and a notice to proceed for construction will be issued upon approval and execution of that construction phase contract with a completion date based upon the construction schedule provided by the contractor and agreed upon by the City. The date of construction commencement and completion will be determined upon completion of design and subsequent contract approval/execution.
Although permanent docks/facilities will not be completed in time for this year’s Sunnyland annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, scheduled for March 22-24, 2019, the City is working with a temporary dock vendor and the insurance carrier to provide floating temporary docks for the boat show, as it did last year. It is anticipated that the floating dock boat capacity will be larger than last year and the layout will provide for individual boat slip docking as opposed to the linear docking of last year’s show . City staff is coordinating/communicating this effort with Terri Feist and the boat show leadership team and has made a commitment to providing them with the temporary dock layout and boat capacity by the beginning of January.
We will continue to update the boat show leadership team as with any and all new developments and schedules related to the rebuild of the permanent facilities and the temporary boat show docks.
Bob Tweedie, C.M.
Economic Development Director
City of Tavares