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City chooses firm for Jacksonville Beach Pier repair project

RS&H was choosen among four finalists

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A design consultant has been chosen to head the Jacksonville Beach Pier repair project.

RS&H’s bid was selected by city officials and approved by Mayor Lenny Curry. RS&H was one of four companies that submitted bids. The other three companies were Wantman Group Inc., Bakersville-Donovan Inc. and Taylor Engineering Inc.

City officials accepted open bids on March 31 for the repair of the pier, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew.

The pier has been closed since 350 feet of it was washed away in the storm surge and high winds of the hurricane in early October. The damage left the pier too dangerous to walk on.

City representatives said they have met with RS&H to discuss the intent of the first phase, which is to review the storm damage and structure. The company is in the process of developing a scope and fee for the phase of the project to be submitted to the city for negotiation.

Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham said it should take about 10 months to repair the pier, but a representative of the building inspector's office in Jacksonville said the repairs will likely take much longer than that.

A city spokesperson said the pier is expected to be completely repaired within two years.