Bids Rejected for Sports & Civic Center Facelift

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City will have to wait longer to undertake a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Sports & Civic Center after bids for the project came in much higher than the estimate and were rejected.Four competitive bids from companies seeking the construction contract ranged from about $4 million to $4.6 million, well over the $2.5 million estimate by the city engineer. City Council voted Thursday to reject the bids.City officials intend to seek new bids, but the process could be lengthy. For instance, it took three months from the time the city advertised for the first set of bids and opened them in late November.“The length of the public bidding process can vary, but it’s never quick,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said in an email Friday.In the meantime, the city will consider ways to speed up the project and reduce the cost, including changing the bid specifications. It remains unclear exactly when the project will get underway.“Because the facility gets so much usage, one spec called for a pretty tight timeframe for completing the job. Relaxing time parameters, for instance, is one way costs could be reduced without sacrificing amenities,” Bergen explained. “But the process of revising the specs is just beginning. Timeframes will stem from that.”The Sports & Civic Center overlooks the Carey Field high school track and stadium complex.Hoping to turn the Sports & Civic Center into a bigger, more functional facility, the city is planning to renovate and expand the aging building. It is one of the big-ticket items in the city’s capital plan, a blueprint for road, drainage and dredging projects as well as other infrastructure improvements.In all, the capital plan calls for a total of nearly $33.3 million in spending in 2019. City Council approved a $6.5 million bond ordinance in October to finance a beach replenishment project and the Sports & Civic Center’s facelift.New locker rooms, bathrooms and a concession area are planned for the building, located at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. An overhang will be added to the entryway to protect people from the rain and also to improve the building’s drab appearance.The building plays an important role in the city’s sports scene and as the venue for special events, including festivities for the family-friendly First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve.However, Mayor Jay Gillian noted during a Council meeting in March that the city hasn’t done any upgrades to the facility “for a lot of years.”He envisions the Sports & Civic Center becoming a money-maker. Gillian said by expanding and improving the facility, it will make it more attractive to the sports teams that use the building during their workouts at the adjacent Carey Stadium high school athletic complex.The sports complex is already rented by some college athletic programs for their workouts. Villanova University’s football team practices at the stadium each year. The mayor believes the renovation project will lead to college teams using the building and Carey Stadium even more, which would produce additional rental revenue for the city.The Villanova University football team has used Carey Stadium for practices. An architectural rendering depicts the new overhang that was just added to the Sports & Civic Center’s entrance as part of a major renovation. (Courtesy of City of Ocean City)last_img read more

Eric Dier lucky to be alive after mistaking appendicitis for stomach bug

first_imgERIC DIER is lucky to be alive after he mistook appendicitis for a regular stomach bug.The Tottenham star thought he had been struck down by a virus sweeping the club last December.3 Tottenham ace Eric Dier was limited to just 28 games for Spurs last seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyInstead, it was his appendix and he had to be rushed to hospital to have it removed just in time.He said modestly: “Yeah, it was quite serious! There were a few players at the club with a stomach ache so we just presumed that it was that.“It was no fault of the medical staff, they treated me fantastically. But I was at home and had to be rushed to hospital.“Thankfully, I had the procedure straight away. I was very fortunate. It was just difficult afterwards, I kept on getting ill.”Dier’s return to action was delayed because of a string of illnesses.He said: “It was all because of the appendix. My immune system really struggled with medicine after the appendix.“People said I was injured but I was never injured, I just kept on falling ill, which was very frustrating.”3 Dier, 25, has appeared in just five games under Mauricio Pochettino this campaignCredit: AP:Associated PressI was very fortunate. It was just difficult afterwards, I kept on getting ill.”Eric DierWhile injury is thought to be part of a footballer’s lot, illness is not.And, though appendicitis is still viewed as a minor childhood condition, a burst or ruptured one can be fatal if not treated.The 25-year-old said: “It wasn’t easy. It was a very strange experience.”Dier was outstanding as he made only his third start of the season at centre-back in the 4-0 win at Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday.With Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both out of contract at the end of the season, the former Sporting Lisbon trainee showed he might be the answer to Spurs’ central defensive problems.Asked if he is back to his best, Dier said: “I’ve just been very unfortunate. Now I feel very good.”LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer3The win in Belgrade was Tottenham’s first on the road since May.Spurs will hope they have turned a corner after their poor start to this campaign.Dier added: “Hopefully we can continue this going forward into the rest of the season.”Tottenham star Eric Dier ‘cries’ after he finds out he’s dropped to a 79 rating in FIFA 20last_img read more