City seeks vendor for Popp’s Ferry bait shop

Construction work is winding down on the Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park and the city is now looking for an entrepreneur to operate the new bait shop and create a kayak rental operation.

In fact, potential vendors have a chance to tour the new bait shop on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon, and the city is requesting that those interested submit proposals no later than May 2 at 10 a.m.

“The public has watched this project become reality over the last several months,” said Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard. “Now, as construction winds down, we’re looking to identify an entrepreneur who wants to operate the bait shop and kayak rentals at this special, high-profile location.”

The sealed proposal should include the signed and dated submission form, along with a narrative explaining proposed use and hours of operation, to include plans for kayak rentals; proposed rental payments, terms, security deposit, and property and liability insurance; responsibility for repairs and maintenance; and any proposed subleasing of the property. A refundable $1,000 certified check in earnest money must also be included.

Here’s a status report, as of today, from Charlie Dellenger of Seymour Engineering:

– Elevated Boardwalks are 95 percent complete.

– Sidewalks are 100 percent complete.

– Site grading including sub-base and rock base for the parking areas and the roadway is complete and compaction testing has been completed and passed.

– Paving started yesterday. The paving company expects to be finished with the base and surface courses by next Tuesday.

– The electrical work is completed except for one replacement part for the Interpretive Center’s solar lighting system that will be installed next week when it arrives. All site solar lighting has been turned on and has been operating as designed.

– The plumbing on the Bait Shop should be completed by Friday.

– All interior work on the Bait Shop is completed except for some touch-up painting, HVAC vent installation and other minor work. This will be completed by Friday.

– The louvers for the breakaway walls are about 75 percent complete and should be finished next week.

– The landscaping is about 85 percent complete. Contractor currently planning trees from the boat ramp to the Interpretive Center. Most other site plantings are complete. The contractor is also adding more topsoil and mulch.

– The benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles, and water fountains are all on site and should be installed by the end of next week.

– The roofing company will install the Marsh Overlook roof and the roofs for the two new fishing piers.
See the Request for Proposals
Enter the Biloxi Plans Room 
Video: The Popp’s Ferry site earlier today


News and notes: City Desk, camp registration

City Desk:  This week’s installment of the City Desk Podcast, recorded this morning at Biloxi City Hall, focuses on the upcoming Blues over Biloxi airshow and sponsorship as well as downtown projects.  To listen, click here.

Camp registration:  The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will hold registration on Saturday for Biloxi school sites for its Summer Playground Program. Registration will be held at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon.  To view the flyer, click here