Virginia Beach rejects both bids for pier project, reopens solicitation process

VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach City Council announced Wednesday that they have rejected both bids to lease land on which a new Oceanfront pier is slated to be built.

The city is also reopening the bidding process for the 15th Street land.

Since the bids became public in February, citizens have voiced concerns about transparency in the bidding process and the need for public funding, while city council members have also raised similar objections, SouthsideDaily reported.

The rejection of the bids came just days after City Auditor Lyndon Remias released his assessment of the two bids — one submitted by the Virginia Beach Development Authority and the other by Wool Service Supply and Logistics. In February, city council tasked Remias with assessing the two pier bids and making a recommendation on which they should choose.

Although the assessment recommended that the city move forward on a lease agreement with the Virginia Beach Development Authority, Remias also noted in the assessment that “due to some questions regarding the transparency of the bid process, City Council should also consider opening back up the solicitation process.”

Remias said that the city’s decision to re-open the bid solicitation process for the land lease of the pier project is a welcomed development.

“I think it’s going to provide the openness, transparency and fairness in the process that may not have necessarily been there initially,” he said during a Wednesday interview with Southside Daily.

Despite the timing of his assessment and the announcement that the city would be rejecting both bids, Remias does not believe his recommendation was the sole cause.

“City council heard from their constituents and listened to their concerns. They also received my input,” he said, adding that their change in course was “a result of the collective input” on the topic.

According to the city’s news release, “this second round of sealed bids must be in writing and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018.”

Full details of the re-opened bid solicitation are available on the city’s website.

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