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Bids re-examined in Fire Island cleanup

The Ocean Beach Ferry Terminal, a main hub

The Ocean Beach Ferry Terminal, a main hub for commuters to and from Fire Island, sustained major damage during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 5, 2013). Photo Credit: Daniel Finkelstein

The Army Corps of Engineers has said it will convene a new panel to investigate all of the bids submitted for a contract to remove post-superstorm Sandy debris from Fire Island.

The bid was originally awarded to Central Islip-based DS3 Enterprises Inc. on Jan. 25, but was suspended six days later when one of the bidders protested the award. Army Corps spokesman John Campbell has said the corps cannot reveal the nature of the protest. The protest was found to have "merit," Campbell said earlier this week.

"During our review of the protest, it was determined that one or more errors occurred in the evaluation," Campbell said. "To correct the situation, the corps has convened a new selection panel, and they are currently re-evaluating the proposals."

The contract could be awarded to a different bidder or DS3 Enterprises could be allowed to continue.

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