Repainting Begins on FL Beach Ball Water Tower

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022

Repainting work has begun on an iconic water tower painted to resemble a beach ball in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Earlier this month, crews installed equipment to begin sandblasting the structure on Casino Beach.

Escambia County Commission Robert Bender said the water tower’s design will not change, including its bright stripes, but that it was time for a new coat of paint. Bender added that the tower will be periodically covered with draping to contain any particles while crews work.

The contract for the repainting project was awarded to Clearcreek Coatings Ltd. of New Carlisle, Ohio. Established in 2016, Clearcreek specializes in the rehabilitation and repainting of water towers.

The contract was approved in February, which included an inspection and report on the condition of the water tank, along with repairs and cleaning. According to reports, the project is anticipated to cost $223,900.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that the repainting work is being paid for through Tourism Development Tax money, which is generated by county taxes on short-term lodging. Bender said that the annual funding wasn't finalized until October, and it’s taken until now to go through the procurement process to finalize the contractor on site.

Pending weather delays, work is expected to be completed by mid-May or prior to Memorial Day.

Formerly owned by the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, the water tower has reportedly not been in use for over a decade. The function of the water tower was replaced with three new water tanks near the Bob Sikes Bridge, and the  ECUA reportedly sold the tower to the Santa Rosa Island Authority for $1 in 2007.

Because it was no longer in operation, in 2014 there was debate over the cost of upkeep was worth keeping the water tower around.

“It's cheaper than a billboard,” said Santa Rosa Island Authority Executive Director W.A. “Buck” Lee at the time. “It's not going anywhere.”

Initially refurbished and repainted in 2012, the water tower reportedly cost the Island Authority less than $200,000 to repair rusting from years of neglect and the coastal environment. Afterwards, the Authority hired a contractor to complete two annual inspections, including needed maintenance or touchups.

Annually, the maintenance costs are about $13,000 to $14,000, according to the Santa Rosa Island Authority.


Tagged categories: Contracts; Exterior painting; Maintenance coating work; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Painting Contractors; Program/Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair; Tanks; Tanks; Tower

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