The Panama City Marina Renovation Project wasn't on the agenda for Tuesday night's commissioner meeting, but Mayor Greg Brudnicki raised new concerns about the costs.
"We thought that this phase was $3.7 million," Brudnicki said, "turns out, we get bids from $5.4 to 7.5."
Those unexpected budget changes could have a major effect on the project - specifically pertaining to the first phase located directly behind city hall where the old Panama City Marina ice house was located.
"It makes me think that there's either some misunderstanding by the bidders or we missed something in the way that we did that analysis," said Panama City commissioner John Kady.
Panama City Public Works Director Neil Fravel says there are several factors causing the differences, the biggest being the lighthouse.
"You don't see a lot of lighthouses being build around the country so there's nothing for the engineers to look at and say, what's it cost to build a lighthouse...and I hate to say - but in a lot of cases, they're guessing on what this is gonna cost," Fravel said.
"If someone told me that the lighthouse was gonna be twice as much as what it is, I may not have said, well we need to we need to make that the focal point of this first phase, and that what it is. So it's adjusted everything that we've decided to do so someone needs to provide us with some answers."
City officials say the want the consulting firm AECOM, to provide their methods for estimating the cost of the project, and see if the plans can be modified to meet budget constraints.