Slow progress on fishing pier

Slow progress on fishing pier
Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

Gulf Group will pay penalties for late completion of repairs on the St. George Island fishing pier.

On July 2, Greg Preble of Preble Rish, a county engineering consultant, told commissioners Gulf Group of Panama City, the contractor tapped to repair the St. George Island fishing pier, has fallen behind schedule.

A runaway barge destroyed 165 feet of the pier last year on June 28 during Tropical Storm Debby and left two thirds of the fishing pier inaccessible from land.

Preble Rish created a plan to reconnect the two sections of the pier with a wooden walkway. In January, Gulf Group was awarded the repair contract, which calls for the work to be completed by July 1.

On July 2, Preble said he did not expect the job to be completed before late August. At that time, only a single piling had been placed but, as of July 8, more than a dozen pilings had been installed.

Gulf Group is being penalized $300 daily for missing the June 30 deadline under the liquidated damages clause of their contract. Preble said, in retrospect, he wishes the penalty for lateness had been greater.

“My guess is the county will wind up with a $15,000 credit,” said Preble.

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