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Saunders Beach redevelopment contracts signed

The government and two local companies signed two contracts worth$400,101.30 yesterday for the further beautification of Saunders Beach.

Carib Construction and Project Management Company Limited was awarded a$230,650 contract for the construction of restrooms at the site. Four Seasons Landscaping Company Limited was awarded a$179,451.30 contract to continue landscape enhancements.

Public Works Minister Neko Grant signed the contracts on behalf of the government. He explained that the works at Saunders Beach, which began last year, are a component of the New Providence Infrastructure Improvement Project.

The works completed at Saunders Beach include: replacing casuarina trees with sea grape trees; installing park benches made of recycled wood; installing basic landscaping; realigning a portion of West Bay Street; and creating a public parking area.

Grant said the restroom construction is expected to take five months. The estimated time of completion for the landscaping is six to eight weeks.

“We realize the urgency of the project and we are aware that there aren’t any(restroom)facilities presently at Saunders Beach and we will try and construct it in a timely manner. We are aiming for maybe four months instead of five months,”said Project Manager for Carib Construction Alvin Greenslade.

Four Seasons Landscaping will complete tree planting at the beach.

“We will continue with the sea grape trees, the native trees like the cocoa plums, the beach sunflower. We will incorporate more plants we hope will be more salt tolerant,”said Four Seasons owner Marcel Major.

An additional contract was awarded to Klean Cut Landscaping and Maintenance Company Limited to complete landscape enhancement at Montagu Beach. The contract is valued at$62,629.67.

Proprietor of Klean Cut Landscaping Arnold Simms said a waterfall, benches and tables will be built and plants added to thesite.

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