Clearwater's Harbor Oaks polled again over increased price of brick streets

Published March 31, 2016

CLEARWATER — The city engineering department has begun polling Harbor Oaks residents a second time to ensure a supermajority still agrees to pay for the installation of brick streets after cost estimates came back almost 25 percent higher than projected.

City engineers evaluated the roughly 100-home neighborhood last year and sent each resident cost estimates based on square footage of paved street near each property.

The preliminary estimates ranged from $4,000 for one homeowner to $65,000 for another. The 166 property owners voted 66.9 percent in favor of the renovations, above the 65 percent required.

But a bid returned this month for brick installation came back higher than anticipated, requiring another vote.