At the Panama City commission meeting Tuesday, the board considered a bid for the marina park phase of the Marina Project which includes a lighthouse and splash pad.
AECOM was the consulting firm for the project, but the $3.7 million budgeted for this part of the project, was a far cry from the $5.3 million coming in from the lowest bidder.
"Finding out that the big difference is the lighthouse differential I mean that's the lions share," said Mayor Greg Brudnicki. "But you would expect to see a five to 10% difference, but it's twice as much as we allocated."
AECOM advised the city that building a lighthouse would come in around $800,000. According to the bid by Royal American Construction Group, building the lighthouse will cost double that number.
There has not been a lighthouse built in the United States since 1962. Members of the board suggested separating the lighthouse from the bid all together to find a company specific to these types of projects.
Neil Fravel from the city's engineering department asked the commission a chance to negotiate with the low bidder to go line item by line item to see where savings can be made.
"Let em go back and spin the wheel again and see what they come up with as far as making some adjustments as Neal said," said Brudnicki. "I don't know that they are going to find a million dollars.
"So we are really going to have to rethink what we are doing."
Commissioners tabled action on the contract Tuesday night in order to go back to the drawing board with Royal American Construction Company.