By Pam Nicholls GSAC Board Member
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Following the City Manager’s popular “State of the City” address at GSAC’s Annual General Meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Chad Merritt took to the podium at our March meeting. His report to members addressed current City projects, including the “build back better” of Naples’ iconic Pier.

The $20-$23m “substantial aquatic project” to reconstruct one of Naples’ biggest tourist attractions, is slated to start this summer and is scheduled to take 18 months or more. City Council approved the design by Turrell Hall & Associates in October last year but there have been delays – the back and forth with FEMA took at least three months, according to Merritt. FEMA will provide the majority of the funding with the shortfall being made up through a combination of private donations, and allocations by the Tourist Development Council, the State and the City.

Bids for construction were requested this month, on March 5, and vendors have 60 days to respond. For further information on the project please visit the Naples Pier rebuild page on the website.