Business briefs: Port Manatee to celebrate maritime day

May 22, 2014 

Port to celebrate [SoftReturn]maritime observance

PORT MANATEE -- Thursday is National Maritime Day, and the Port Manatee Propeller Club is marking the occasion with a wreath laying at the port.

At 10 a.m., club members and members of the public will honor seafarers who lost their lives while working in the maritime industry. Speaking during the event will be Cmdr. Mia Dutcher, the response department head of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; Tim Rocklein, president of the Sarasota-Manatee Council of the Navy League of the United States; Richard Arcand, of the American Merchant Marine Veterans; and Carol Whitmore, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority. Propeller club president Mary LeVine and Anchor House chaplain Tim Huppert will also speak.

Congress created National Maritime Day in 1933 to recognize the sacrifices made by domestic seafarers and the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Magnum Builders [SoftReturn]wins airport contract

MANATEE -- A Sarasota construction company already doing renovation work at Sarasota -Bradenton International Airport has won the bidding contest to build the next and largest portion of the airport's terminal renovation program.

Magnum Builders beat out six competitors for the work with a bid of [SoftReturn]$6.236 million.

The 13-month project, which is scheduled to begin in July, will require airlines to relocate some of their operations in a portion of the concourse through late fall. Work will be done in sections, which will allow the airlines to continue to use some gates in the construction zone.

Work covered by the construction contract includes the replacement of seven roof-mounted air handlers and a modernization of 13 information technology displays.

Magnum is currently working on another phase of the renovation in the airport terminal. Its newest project will be the final phase of renovation work in the public portion of the terminal, according to airport officials.

Members of the airport authority board voted unanimously to accept Magnum's bid. The total project costs, with contingency included, is expected to be about [SoftReturn]$6.86 million.

Gov't: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON -- Going to bat for confused passengers, the government is proposing that airlines be required to disclose fees for basic items like checked bags, assigned seats and carry-on bags so consumers know the true cost of flying.

Under new regulations proposed Wednesday by the Transportation Department, detailed fee information would have to be provided wherever passengers buy tickets.

The rule would also require airlines to share fee information with travel agents and online ticketing services.

-- Herald staff report

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