Bids are now open for phase one of the Norriego Point stabilization project and the cross town connector.



"These are two important projects, and the bid process is the beginning of getting things moving," Public Information Manager Doug Rainer told The Log.



With $10.2 million available to fund the restoration and stabilization of the point, the city is currently looking for groups to complete phase one of the project, which will include demolition of the existing sheet pile wall, installation of a composite sheet pile wall connecting the northern-most t-groin to the point, and the excavation and transport of roughly 3,000-4,000 cubic yards of sand from previous dredge stocks.



Currently a maintenance dredge is scheduled for Destin harbor in mid-April and is expected to last about a week. Bids must be received by the city of Destin no later than April 8, 2014 at 2 p.m.



In addition to bids for phase one of the Norriego Point stabilization project, the city is currently accepting bids for roadway and civil engineering design services for the cross town connector project from Beach Drive to Benning Drive.



This proposed project would give the city another east-west alternate to U.S. Hwy. 98 in Destin. The city already purchased the land for the project, but still has to acquire some right-of-way and other parcels before construction could begin.



The land at the center of the connector was a mobile home park in the '70s, which evolved into the Destin Campground. At one point, the property was home to 47 travel-trailers, 22 mobile homes and others living in tents.



Services requested as part of the bid process include project development and environmental study, land and utility surveys, base mapping, funding research and grant writing assistance.



Bids for the cross town connector project must be received by April 17, 2014 at 2 p.m.



Currently there have been no bids submitted for either project, but city officials say that's not uncommon, as bids will trickle in as the deadline to submit approaches.



For more information about the bid process visit www.cityofdestin.com.



The city's bid review committee looks at all bids and ultimately makes a recommendation to the city council for final selection.