Port Citrus Negotiating Team accepts proposal for port feasibility study | News
Citrus Co., FL-- The negotiating team for the Citrus County Port Authority publically met with representatives of TranSystems Monday morning to hear the firm’s scope of work for the Port Citrus feasibility study. The Port Citrus negotiating team included Port Authority Member Commissioner Rebecca Bays, Port Director Brad Thorpe, Port Legal Counsel Richard Wesch, and Assistant County Administrator Ken Frink. Representatives from TranSystems included Matt Gehman and Frederick R. Ferrin. Frank Schiraldi from Hoyle, Tanner and Associates is being subcontracted by TranSystems for this project.
The meeting began with TranSystems stating they have no conflict with any pending litigation which could stall their efforts in regards to the feasibility study for Port Citrus. TranSystems presented their scope of services and approach to the completion of the feasibility study in three phases, which are as follows:
Phase 1: Develop and complete the statutory port feasibility study to determine if the establishment of a port is economically viable.
Schedule and Cost: 140 days; $20,000
Phase 2: Identifying funding sources, both state and federal, and initial application preparations.
Schedule and Cost: 120 days; $30,000
Phase 3: Identifying potential market opportunities and port customers and preparing a preliminary port development plan that will address port location and infrastructure.
Schedule and Cost: 270-360 days; $50,000
Negotiating team members wanted to make sure the first phase of the proposal would answer the question of feasibility. “We want to make sure the first phase concludes the port’s feasibility before we move on to phase 2 and 3 of the study,” stated Commissioner Bays. Negotiating team members also wanted to make sure the Duke Energy canal would be included within the three phases of work.
The Port Authority negotiating team unanimously voted to accept TranSystems’ proposal. The scope of work will act as a contract between both parties to move forward with the feasibility study. The scope of work will be presented at the next Citrus County Port Authority meeting for consideration and approval.