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Wonder if there is any news or meetings planned?
Beach Nourishment - Beach Nourishment | Visit South Walton
The following 2015 meeting dates are subject to change. Meeting locations will be announced at a later date.
Beach Management Committee Meetings:
February 3 at 2 p.m.
April 6 at 2 p.m.
June 1 at 2 p.m.
August 3 at 2 p.m.
October 5 at 2 p.m.
December 7 at 2 p.m.
From Walton County TDC:
Hurricane Storm Damage Reduction Project Informational Workshop
Visit South Walton will be hosting an informational community workshop on Oct. 6 at 6:00 p.m. regarding the Hurricane Storm Damage Reduction Project (HSDRP) at the South Walton Annex, 31 Coastal Center Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach.
The workshop is open to the public and is intended to educate attendees on the County’s Coastal Management Program and the current HSDR Project, including revised financial numbers from the Army Corps of Engineering based on Fiscal Year 2016 cost estimates. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the County’s Coastal Management Program, the current HSDR project and ask experts HSDRP related questions.
For further information, please contact Matthew Trammell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anybody have any news on last night's meeting?
Beach Re-nourishment is Dead.
From Walton County TDC:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Visit South Walton Hosts Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project Workshop
Walton County Residents Not Responsible for Costs of Project
SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2015) – Visit South Walton hosted an informational community workshop last night to discuss new information and costs regarding the Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) anticipates the project will reduce the risk of damage due to wave attack and erosion by roughly 92 percent, greatly reducing the cost burden on property owners and insurance payers following a major storm event. The project will also create and enhance critical beach habitat for threatened and endangered species, and provide increased beach width for enhanced public recreation.
In addition at the workshop, the new significantly reduced, financial numbers from the USACE were released. It is estimated that the initial project construction in 2016 will cost $53.9 million and a total 50-year cost of $220.1 million that accounts for inflation and subsequent nourishments. Of the total cost of the project, Walton County is responsible for approximately $127 million. The cost is split between Walton County, paying for approximately 58 percent of the project; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the state of Florida, paying 18 percent of the project; and USACE responsible for 24 percent of the project cost.
“It is important to note that Walton County is projected to have enough money in bed tax revenue alone to fund the entire project to protect our beaches and shore line, if necessary,” said Executive Director of Visit South Walton, Jim Bagby. “Following through with this project will ensure our destination remains a visited place for generations to come. This not only protects our shoreline but also more than 19,500 workers in Walton County who rely on the coastal tourism economy to feed their families.”
Beach restoration and protection projects are paid for by the 3rd penny from Walton County’s 4.0 cent bed tax on all short term rentals, meaning Walton County residents are not responsible for any of the previously mentioned costs.
In the County’s fiscal 2015 (Oct. 1-Sept. 30), the 3rd penny accounted for more than $4.7 million. The 50-year projection of the 3rd penny is a collection of $354.8 million; this number has been adjusted for inflation and assumes no growth in visitation over the next 50 years. Based on these numbers, Walton County would have the funds to pay for the entire cost of the project over the next 50 years without the current support of outside sources, but wants the partnership for the benefits and expertise the agencies would bring to the project.
“This project represents the outcome of more than 12 years of planning, design and partnership between Walton County, the USACE, the State of Florida and countless others,” said Walton County’s Coastal Management Consultant, Matt Trammell. “The project ensures Walton County’s upland infrastructure and beach-front property is protected during storm events and the beaches and dune system are managed and maintained in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.”
More information about the Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project is available at: http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/beach-nourishment.
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