MILTON — This time, R.J. Gorman Marine and Hewes & Company offered to do repairs to the Navarre Beach Pier for the least amount of money among potential contractors.
The company offered Monday to patch the decaying planks on the Gulf Coast’s longest pier at 1,545 feet for $1.12 million, or $165,072 less than its first bid in April.
“There is no room to contest this award,” said Roger Blaylock, the Santa Rosa County engineer.
Last time, another contractor threatened to protest the Gorman bid arguing that his company’s bid was the lowest and that the specifications were unclear because they were poorly written. Rather than face a challenge, the county rebid the project a second time.
Renovations are planned in the winter when fewer people stay at Navarre Beach. Santa Rosa officials mandated the pier stay open while the company fixes it.
The county gave the company 270 days to complete the project but once it starts fixing the pier it must finish in 90 days.
Gorman plans to use a type of planking material that lasts longer than the treated wood originally installed nearly a decade ago. The new material handles direct beach sunlight and other harsh coastal conditions better, Blaylock said.