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EMERGENCY INJUNCTION FILED IN FEDERAL COURT TO ALLOW BIDDING FOR MIDTOWN REEF PROJECT

 EMERGENCY INJUNCTION FILED IN FEDERAL COURT
 TO ALLOW BIDDING FOR MIDTOWN REEF PROJECT
 PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The inventor of a patented artificial reef system for reversing beach erosion today filed for an emergency injunction in U.S. District Court in Miami to open the midtown reef project to competitive bidding.
 Richard E. Creter, president of Breakwaters International Inc. and developer of the "Beachsaver" reef system, said there is no reason that the reef project can't be competitively bid and completed within the nine-month timeframe proposed by American Coastal Engineering. American Coastal is the firm that will receive the contract if there are no bids.
 "Competitive bidding will save the town hundreds of thousands of dollars," Creter said. In addition to substantial cost savings, Creter's firm would provide design enhancements increasing the longevity of the reef if Breakwaters is the low bidder, he stated.
 On Jan. 14, the Town Council denied all competitive bidding on the reef project by invoking an emergency exception because of the possibility of a storm like the "Halloween storm" damaging the town's seawall. Breakwaters contends that while this storm was a strong reminder that the town must seek a long-term solution to erosion, the possibility of another storm is not an "immediate and present" danger which would justify dispensing with the bidding process.
 "The reef installation permits are the town's property and they can be transferred to any qualified bidder," said Creter, who told the town at the Jan. 14 meeting that his firm is "ready, willing and able to make a bid, and if successful, install the reef before the end of this year."
 Breakwaters International has a patent infringement suit pending against American Coastal Engineering's earlier reef system installed off private property in Palm Beach. The suit was filed in 1988. Discovery process is now completed and Breakwaters has asked U.S. District Court Judge Norman C. Roettger Jr. to set a trial date.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Finkel Associates, 201-740-0090, for Breakwaters International; or Richard Creter, president of Breakwaters International, 908-806-3612/ CO: Breakwaters International Inc.; American Coastal Engineering ST: Florida IN: SU:


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