New fire station bid at $6M
City commissioners on Tuesday will consider awarding a $6 million contract to D.L. Porter Constructors of Sarasota to build a two-story, three-bay fire station in Old Town.
The project also includes demolition of the former City Hall building at 525 Angela St., a new 9,140 square-foot fire station at 616 Simonton St., along with a parking facility and a bus unloading area.
Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St., where the top agenda item is final approval of the 2014 $53 million general operating budget.
The 2013-14 budget fully funds the fire station project. Porter turned in the lowest bid and was one of six firms to compete. The existing fire station will remain in operation during construction, the bid documents said.
Kiteboarder flies into lines
A kiteboarder Tuesday flew into power lines at Smathers Beach but was not seriously injured, according to the Key West Fire Department.
Firefighters were called to the scene about 3:30 p.m. and arrived to find the kiteboarder attempting to free the chute from the lines, said Division Chief of Operations Michael Davila.
The kiteboarder's name was not immediately available from firefighters Tuesday.
He was not hurt and did not go to the hospital, Davila said.
Keys Energy linemen were called to repair the lines.
It was unclear Tuesday evening if a gust of wind or equipment failure caused the incident, Davila said.
Last call for La Concha roof plan
The City Commission is expected to make the final decision over the demolition of the rooftop bar at La Concha hotel, 430 Duval St., at its 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting.
La Concha's owners want to tear down the Top bar on the building's seventh floor and replace it with six day spa rooms.
The rooftop bar, which features dramatic views of sunsets, was built circa 1987 and doesn't qualify as "historic."
City planners, the Planning Board and the Historical Architectural Review Commission have approved the plans at meetings earlier this year.
Not only is the renovation within the city's strategic plan, according to city planners, it is within the private owners' rights to replace the bar with a new venture.
Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St. A local movement to save the rooftop bar has sent 132 pages of signatures urging the city to stop the renovation.