April 5, 1967
Mr. Rabert L. Watson, Chief
Land Acquisition Department
Southwest Florida water
P. O. Box 216
brookavllle Florida 33S12
Dear Bob :
Receipt A acknowledged of your letter of Marah 31, 1967, con-
cerniag the. dispoal of surplus property wv4out the necessity
of a bonda.
ZI tggwt that in lieu of a bond, you substitu te a certified
check, a ori check or a anything else thbt wuld4 be designated
as oabd. If the inividuals are unsuooeeaftl in tbeir bids,
then te csh or checks may be returned to them.
ugg/rb + Myron 0. tbbona
Water Managemnent District
ALFRED A. McKETHAN, Brooksville
EDWARD MEDARD, Tampa
THOMAS M. KILGORE, Ocala
RUFE C. WYSONG, Lake Panasoffkee
E. B. LARKIN, Dade City
Mr. Myron G. Gibbons, Attorney
Law Offices of Gibbons, Tucker, McEwen,
Smith & Cofer
P. O. Box 1363
Tampa, Florida 33601
CHARLES K. CHEEZEM, St. Petersburg
HORACE JONES, Lakeland
C. J. KNOWLES, Leesburg
JAMES E. CONNOR, Crystal River
Dale Twachtmann, Executive Director
I have discussed with John Duddy, and we find, that it
for the average person to secure a performance bond in
the District surplus property. The problems as we see
is most difficult
order to bid on
them are as follows:
It has been our experience at the previous surplus property sales that only
a select few bidders are "eligible" to participate in the bidding due to the
performance bond requirement which we impose.
Even in cases where the people were willing to go through the "red tape"
involved, they found that even though they had excellent credit they could
not secure a performance bond because they had no specific experience in
the wrecking or house-moving business.
In the majority of our disposal contracts time is not of the essence, the
clearing of the right of way is not essential, and the fact that a licensed,
bonded, insured corporation is doing the work under a performance bond renders
no benefit to us.
If it were possible to waive the bond requirement, we would get more partici-
pation on the part of the general public, and probably realize a greater
return to the District.
In contracts where time is of the essence and proper cleanup methods and
safety precautions are a must, we could still use our standard contract and
P. O. BOX 216
March 31, 1967
Mr. Myron G. Gibbons March 31, 1967
Tampa, Florida Page Two
If it were possible to waive the performance bond requirement, we could
specify payment in advance as full consideration, and if the parties did
not remove the items by a required date we could iesell or leave them for
the project contractor.
We would appreciate your decision on the above at your earliest possible
T L. ATSON
C ef, Lan Acquisition Department