Thursday, June 22, 2017

City Can't Find Bidders...So Screw Bellingham that Stepped Up by Extending the Deadline


From: Clark Merritt
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2017 2:15 PM
To: 'Castells, Dustin (' ; 'Johns, Casey'
Subject: FW: Bid information: Bid No. 17-020, Port of Pensacola Ferry Landing Waterside Features - ADDENDUM ONE

Dustin – Casey

We had to release an addendum to answer questions. Also, due to the minimal response we have extended the bid due date from 21 April to 9 May. It is projected that this will gain us at least two additional bidders (thought we only were going to have one bidder again!!).

Thanks – have a great Easter



From: Clark Merritt
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:12 AM
To: George Maiberger ; Rebecca Donahue
Cc: JR McGuire ; Keith Wilkins
Subject: Ferry Bid - 2 week extension


In the best interest of the project and competitive bids, please issue an addendum to extended the ferry waterside bid due date to 5 May (2 weeks).


M. Clark Merritt
Business Development
Port Pensacola | an enterprise of the City of Pensacola
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From: Clark Merritt
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 10:25 AM
To: JR McGuire ; 'Pophal, Steven E'
Subject: RE: Pensacola Ferry Questions

I am too … who can we call to maybe bid this? If we only get one bid, FDOT is first going to ask us to extend the bid period for two weeks and that we have reached out to vendors.

I need to warn George that this might happen.

From: JR McGuire
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 8:44 AM
To: 'Pophal, Steven E' ; Clark Merritt
Subject: RE: Pensacola Ferry Questions

Thanks, I’m afraid they are going to be our only bidder again.

J Robert (Robbie) McGuire
Construction and Facilities Manager
City of Pensacola
Public Works & Facilities Department
2757 N. Palafox St
Pensacola FL 32501
850-436-5509 Office
982-9681 Cell
850-595-1012 Fax

From: Pophal, Steven E []
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 8:42 AM
To: JR McGuire <>; Clark Merritt <>
Subject: RE: Pensacola Ferry Questions

Yes, all question responses will be provided as addendum so that all prospective bidders get the same information. To date, I have no other bidder’s questions besides Bellingham’s.

I am trying to set up a call with Bellingham to go over their question concerning pile design criteria for Tuesday morning. Afterwards, I can draft Addendum #1 and send to you all.

Steven E. Pophal
Senior Project Manager, Intermodal Ports


From: JR McGuire []
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 7:46 AM
To: Pophal, Steven E <>; Clark Merritt <>
Subject: Fwd: Pensacola Ferry Questions

Steve, I'm sure you are aware that you need to send the answers to these questions to us not directly to the bidder. An official addendum will have to be sent out. Thanks

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:
From: Bryce Fisher <>
Date: April 10, 2017 at 6:41:04 AM CDT
To: "Pophal, Steven E" <>
Cc: "" <>, "" <>
Subject: Pensacola Ferry Questions

Here is a list of questions for the ferry project. I understand we will be discussing Item number 1 sometime today. I am traveling, but could make either time between flights. Can we look at tomorrow for a call?

1.       Will you accept our structural engineers piling design, or will the engineer of record stamp and seal the project as specified?
2.       Will the fender pile alternative with HDPE Pipe Sleeve be accepted in lieu of the D Fendering specified for the concrete pile?
3.       Are the restrictions still in place on vibratory hammer for pile driving? If so will they be lifted?
4.       The Cleat pictures in the specifications is an 18” SS Cleat boat cleat. Will you accept an 18” Galvanized Thru Bolted Mooring Cleat?
5.       Clarify. The gangway will connect directly to the existing seawall cap. The detail drawings in the specifications still show a transition platform?

Bryce Fisher | Manager of Project Development
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Anonymous said...

Who is George? Are they trying to make it so George's company wins the bid?

Anonymous said...

George Maiberger, purchasing guru city of pritchacola

Anonymous said...

George is the purchasing agent for the city

Anonymous said...

This isn't screwing anyone. This is typical of any job that is out to bid. If you only recieve one bid then you extend the deadline. This is a non issue.

Anonymous said...

George Maiberger is in charge of the city's purchasing department and is suppose to make sure RFQs & bids are contracted out to vendors legally, but you will probably never see an email from him because he is afraid to create or reply/respond to anything written to him by other city employees. He prefers to call and give his advice.

Anonymous said...

Clark Merritt will stay with the city as long as this mayor is in office. Merritt is a master at lying and will find a way to put the blame on someone else. His job title should have the word "TEFLON" in it because nothing sticks to him.

M. Clark "Teflon" Merritt Jr.
Economic Development Manager