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Pinellas rekindles deal for delayed public safety complex



CLEARWATER -- Pinellas County picked a construction management firm for an $81 million public safety complex Tuesday, delayed last year over bidding and lobbying irregularities.

The County Commission voted 7-0 to hire Bovis Lend Lease Inc., a contractor that hired an attorney after Pinellas put the work on hold. The company was the top ranked firm, a consultant's review showed no problems in how its proposal and selection were made.

Still on hold is choosing an architect, a proposal which triggered much of the dispute last year. County Administrator Bob LaSala said Pinellas officials are preparing new procedures for professional service contracts.

The project is due to be constructed in three years, with some officials hoping it can come in below budget, despite the delays.

"Get a good deal," new board Chairwoman Karen Seel said.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:21pm]


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