By Mary Thurwachter
Beach-goers will see some welcome improvements in the year ahead. On Jan. 28, the Lantana Town Council authorized contracts to remodel beach restrooms and to add a deck to the special events pavilion.
CH Global Construction of Hialeah, the lower of two bidders, won the contract to redo the four restrooms for $98,756. Two of the restrooms are at the south end of the beach in the marine safety building. The other two, at the north end, are part of the pavilion.
West Construction of Lantana, the lowest of four bidders, won the contract to build the
49 by 29 foot pavilion deck, made of composite decking wood for $134,000.
“The pavilion is used for rentals but somewhat limited in space,” said Mayor Dave Stewart. “The deck will make more room for a band or families or other groups.”
Both projects will be paid for by the penny sales tax that took effect in 2017.
Bids are still being gathered for beach boardwalk and railing repairs, according to Town Manager Deborah Manzo.
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In other action, the town:
• Recognized Officer Ryan Church as Police Department Employee of the Year for 2018. Police Chief Sean Scheller said investigations by Church, who was also employee of the first and fourth quarters, resulted in numerous felony charges against a known narcotics dealer. Church, Scheller said, has made the community safer by identifying and arresting impaired drivers and catching thieves. Church was also praised for building rapport and positive relationships with youths in the community, mentoring students and coordinating basketball and kickball events where officers, students and teachers play alongside one another.
• Authorized the use of McKinley Park and town resources (tables, chairs, tents, garbage bins) for the Hypoluxo Island Property Owners Association’s annual picnic and membership drive on Feb. 24. The picnic is free to members, but others may attend. There is a $10 charge for food. Ú