Published: August 15, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Public Finance Authority board shifted money Tuesday to get the Christiansted boardwalk project started.
The board voted to take $50,000 from the Toro Building project and allocate it to the boardwalk renovation project instead.
PFA Executive Director and V.I. Finance Commissioner Angel Dawson Jr. said the Toro Building project on St. Croix has not been started because there is not enough funding.
V.I. Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls told board members that the boardwalk project will include the installation of solar lighting and making major repairs to the boardwalk from past storm damage.
Smalls said the project is substantially funded by about $500,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, $700,000 from federal stimulus grants, and $1 million from the Department of the Interior.
The $50,000 from the Public Finance Authority will be earmarked for the project's architectural and engineering services, Smalls said.
The boardwalk was damaged in the three tropical storms that hit St. Croix in 2010, and sections of the boardwalk will be replaced with a composite material that will last longer and be more durable that wood, according to Smalls.
A Request for Proposals is currently out for the purchase of solar lighting, and an RFP for the installation of the lighting will go out soon, he said.
The reconstruction work, which is funded by FEMA, also will be put out to bid, Smalls said.
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