We now have an brand new, “Old Florida" style, restaurant that will be for beach goers - hot dogs and burgers, wet bathing suits and sandy flip flops as a dress code; cute as the dickens, but not a pricy upscale eatery. We have enough of them on the beach already.
Who’s going to run this little operation is now the decision being made.
Requests for Proposals went out and there were a handful of returns. Following city guidelines, the RFPs were opened and checked. Those with missing or incorrect data were tossed, and the others were ranked as to suitability. The top 3 will get to do an in person presentation then a final decision will be made.
So, what’s the problem? Well, some people think the rules don’t apply to them, or they just like to spend city money and time whining about how they are being picked on because they don’t know how to read directions. Who knows?
Two of the companies which were “unresponsive”, meaning not fulfilling the requirements of the RFP have filed a protest against the city, and Pete Boinis’ outfit is one of them.
· Proposed a monstrosity on our beach with no regard for what it would do to the surroundings or the quality of life of the residents.
· He said he was considering donating the strip of beach he owned to the city. But after he was turned down for his massive project he stonewalled. Then he put a ring of no trespassing signs around it totally unconcerned about the harm he was doing to the city, until he convinced enough wishy washy commissioners to give him his price.
(If it had been me in charge he would have had to keep paying taxes on it until he came to his senses and gave it to the city. There was nothing anyone could do with the land anyway; in effect it was worth $0. Yes we would have had to wait a little while to redo the pier, but it would have been worth it.)
Now he has the nerve to apply to run the restaurant.
He didn’t respond fully to the RFP. End of discussion, he’s out, reading directions may not be his strong point, but should be something someone who wants to run a business is good at. Bye-bye Pete.
Oops a bid protest from him. Huh? What good does he think that will do? Ah, well at least his lawyer will be benefitting from this, certainly neither he nor the city will.