MARINA CONTRACTORS EXCEED SBE REQUIREMENTS
With hundreds of construction jobs being created through the marina redevelopment project, the CRA and the city worked with the contractor to ensure that Riviera Beach residents and business owners have the opportunity to be included in the dozens of individual contracts that make up the project. Outreach efforts included mailings to small businesses and minority contractors in Palm Beach County, notices posted online on the CRA and City of Riviera Beach web sites, and email notifications to the Palm Beach County Small Business Database. General Contractor Weitz and its partners are contractually required to have a 15 percent Small Business Enterprise participation.
With 91 percent of the contracts bid, the SBE participation rate stands at 44 percent. The Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise participation rate is 17 percent, and the participation rate of Riviera Beach owned businesses is 36 percent. In an effort to provide badly needed skills training to our youth, the contractors are required to follow the guidelines of the City of Riviera Beach Apprenticeship Program, which requires that 20 percent of their workforce be composed of qualified apprentices.