The hard construction cost for hatchery building may range $5.5M-$8.7M, not $18.8M

October 25, 2017

We’ve heard Mayor Hayward talk about how the state is investing $18.8 M at Bruce Beach,  The budget shows that only about half of the BP funds are actually for construction.

Category Total
Construction $9,391,136
Five Year Operational Cost $5,000,000
Post Release Fisheries Monitoring $2,250,000
Contingency $1,007,364
Planning, Engineering, Design $682,500
Administration $462,500
Total $18,793,500


Until the bids come in, we won’t know how much of the $9.39 million is for the actual building and site preparation.  Notice there is no budget for remediation. Other than removing debris on the site, there may not be any soil or water remediation needed.

The Bayview Park Community Center has been estimated to cost $335 sq. ft. – which means the 26,000 sq. ft. hatchery building could be $8.71 million. However, the Downtown YMCA  was $210 sq. ft.  – which would put the hatchery at $5.46 million.  I suspect the Bayview Center figures may have been inflated.

We found this Powerpoint – Project Overview Marine Fisheries Hatchery Presentation Tech Group Jun 2015


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  • Rick Outzen October 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Check the latest post. I’ve posted the biological assessment study – which I have used for my posts. The beach might not work for swimming but it could be used for paddleboards, sailing and kayaks. The water probably will be as “pristine” as Bayou Texar, Sanders Beach or the water at the Pensacola Yacht Club.

  • EPenn October 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Rick, there is no water quality assessment in that report, unless I completely missed it.. I will be glad to admit I missed it if its in the report if you point it out… I also like to note that those areas you gave as an example are frequently closed due to health alerts by the Department of Health… Also, that report was from 2013.

  • Rick Outzen October 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    A water quality assessment is a great idea. The City should do it on a regular basis.

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