HTA likely to get contract extension for shuttling cruise passengers from ships

Shuttling cruise-ship passengers across the U.S. Navy-owned Outer Mole Pier in Key West looks to remain uninterrupted through December 2017.

The Key West City Commission will consider a two-year, $600,000 contract extension with Historic Tours of America for the service when it meets Tuesday. The contract would run until Dec. 31, 2017.

"We put out a bid; we didn't get anybody to respond," Port and Marina Services Director Doug Bradshaw said, noting that HTA agreed to extend its existing contract.

The city is paid $3.55 per cruise passenger. The Navy also gets a fee.

The Port of Key West also includes cruise-ship berths at the city-owned Mallory Square and privately owned Pier B.

Also Tuesday:

  • The commission will look at naming its new City Hall at the former Glynn Archer Elementary School on White Street. City Manager Jim Scholl said the name will be some variation of Josephine Parker City Hall at the Historic Glynn Archer School. Parker was a longtime city clerk.

The $18.8 million construction project is expected to be complete in May. It's been in the works since 2009, when the Monroe County School District started a transfer of the Glynn Archer property to the city in return for space to park buses.

  • The board will vote on a $151,412 bid with Big Pine Key contractor Pedro Falcon Electrical Contractors for bathroom improvements at Mallory Square. The proposed improvements include resealing floors and plumbing.

  • The commission is expected proclaim Tom Hambright Day for the longtime Monroe County Public Library historian.

  • The board will choose a vice mayor, possibly Commissioner Clayton Lopez.

The City Commission meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall on Greene Street.