Waveland to tear down part of pier
By Dwayne Bremer
Dec 20, 2013, 19:12
The Waveland Board of Alderman on Wednesday awarded bids to demolish storm-damaged parts of the Garfield Ladner Pier.
The Waveland Board of Aldermen on Wednesday voted to accept bids on demolition work at the Garfield Ladner pier.
The city plans to tear down the concession stand, ranger's house, and a bathroom. The work is necessary, officials said, because the structures are not in bounds with current FEMA flood plain regulations.
Garcia said he is limited on what he could say about the demolition of the structures because of an on-going lawsuit against several companies who performed work on the pier after Hurricane Katrina.
The suit, Waveland versus CDM Smith Inc, Digital Engineering, Malouf Construction, and others, was filed in Hancock County Circuit Court in April, 2012.
The suit was stayed in March of this year, officials said.
The Ladner pier was severely damaged during Katrina and the city received federal and state funds to repair and renovate it.
CDM and Digital were hired as architects and engineers for the project and the construction was done by Malouf.
The pier reopened in April 2009. In August, 2012, the pier was once again damaged, this time by Hurricane Isaac. It has not reopened since.
In the suit, the city claims that companies involved in the pier project did not follow federal flood elevation guidelines.
The suit seeks to recover the costs of complying with federal ordinances and punitive damages.
One of the costs the city is reportedly trying to recover the money that will be used to demolish the structures.
The city received three bids on the work, ranging between $14,500 and $25,000, Mayor David Garcia said.
Aldermen are expected to award the contract at a later date.
In the meantime, the city is trying to coordinate the Isaac repairs.
The city is currently waiting for FEMA approval on damage estimates.
The city has calculated the pier sustained about $900,000 in damage from Isaac.
Once the city comes into compliance with the FEMA regulations it receives funds from FEMA on the new repairs, work can begin once again, officials said.