The Clearwater City board accepted postpone the ribbon cutting of Picture Clearwater set up for Monday, May 24, 2021.

Assistant Manager Michael Delk also stated and dealt with the council that the city staff had really been having similar discussions on the boost of expenses and had made modifications for them. Mr. Delk also emphasized that postponing the groundbreaking ceremony would not halt the start of the procedure, as professionals were set up to start work. Skanska is presently doing underground utility work at the website, located at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater.

The decision to delay the event is not expected to affect the choice on the option of a bluff developer. Two developer proposals were finalists in a current Request for Proposals for mixed use retail and residential jobs on three downtown waterfront websites. City personnel will make a recommendation to the city council on those proposals on June 3.

Mayor Hibbard and Councilmember David Allbritton both specified that building and construction material costs are expected to reduce within a couple of months.

Mayor Hibbard informed the other council members that he had actually met City Manager Bill Horne for a thorough meeting earlier in the day to discuss the concern.

Mayor Frank Hibbard raised the proposition in the May 20 council meeting, stating it wasnt indicated to be a halt on the whole job, but only a delay until products costs on lumber, steel and other products reduced. Lumber costs have increased an impressive 375% from April 2020 to April 2021.

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Assistant Manager Michael Delk also addressed the council and said that the city staff had actually been having comparable discussions on the boost of expenses and had actually made adjustments for them. Skanska is presently doing underground utility work at the website, located at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater.

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City staff will make a suggestion to the city council on those proposals on June 3.