New Regional Beach Access Updates from Walton TDC

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    • Dune Allen RBA: Construction on the new Dune Allen Regional Beach Access is underway and on schedule, and is currently about 60% complete. The new beach access will have parking, restroom facilities, and a lifeguard stationed at the beach, and is expected to open at the end of summer.
    • Miramar Beach RBA (Scenic Gulf Drive): 80% of the planning phase for this project is complete. The Beach Operations team continues moves closer towards construction and is expected to begin late summer/early fall. This property is located on eastern end of Scenic Gulf Drive and will include parking, a revised pavilion, dune walkover and a lifeguard stationed at the beach.
    • Seagrove Beach RBA: Planning and permitting on the new Seagrove Beach access is coming along, with 50% of this phase complete. The location of this access will be able to serve the neighborhood of Seagrove, as well as locals and visitors east of the Seaside neighborhood. Construction commencement is still tracking for early spring 2020.
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    Dune Allen Regional Beach Access

    Neighborhood Beach Access Renovations:

    Nine regional and neighborhood beach access points are currently out for construction bid. Developments to these locations will include improvements or replacement of decking and railing, addition of bike racks, or if needed, a complete rebuild of the access point to ensure the best quality for our visitors and locals for years to come.


    The four regional beach access points include (1) Inlet Beach, (2) Gulfview Heights, (3) Ed Walline, and (4) Fort Panic (formally known as “Dune Allen Regional Beach Access”).


    The five neighborhood beach access points include (1) Highway 395, (2) Nightcap Street, (3) Hickory, (4) Live Oak, and (5) Dogwood Street. All five of these neighborhood beach accesses are located in the Seagrove Beach neighborhood.


    After careful consideration and feedback from our community, coordination between the county and contractors will allow for no more than two neighborhood beach access and/or beach access points to be under construction at a given time, allowing both locals and visitors to access the beach within their neighborhood while work is underway. These projects will resume after sea turtle nesting season and should be complete by March 1, 2020.


    Bay Access Renovations:

    The Kellogg Bayside Park, located on the southern shore of Choctawhatchee Bay, just west of the Clyde B. Wells Bridge, is undergoing replacement of its current seawall. The work to replace the 222 feet of seawall is 90% complete and crews have started the installation of the new canoe and kayak launch. This project is slated to welcome visitors on Sept. 29.

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    Kellogg Bayside Park


    Pilcher Park, one of South Walton’s boat launches located under the Clyde B. Wells Bridge, unfortunately received damage from Hurricane Michael, but has completed the design and permitting phase and has moved into the procurement phase. This phase will take two months, which includes an environmental review and final processing through FEMA, with an additional 120 days dedicated to construction. Pre-bid is scheduled for Aug. 19, providing an opportunity for the contractor(s) to ask questions and familiarize themselves with the project.

    This bid will formally open on Sept. 10 and will be placed on the Sept. 24 Walton County BCC agenda for discussion. Construction is slated to begin in the later part of October with an anticipated completion date of early 2020.


    Workshop Recaps:

    The Beach Operations Department recently hosted two public workshops related to the Walton Dunes Beach Access and the creation of a beach launch permit for SCUBA Charters in South Walton.


    Walton Dunes Workshop Recap:

    A public workshop was hosted on July 25 to discuss the development of a regional beach access point in the Walton Dunes development, which was well attended and provided positive and constructive feedback to Walton County TDC staff. This RBA was approved by the BCC to move forward with a conceptual design to receive public input.

    This 2.3-acre, beachfront property will include a restroom building, ADA boardwalk, loading/unloading area, minimal parking and a sidewalk connection to Highway 30A. Workshop suggestions will be brought to Walton County BCC for discussion and approval to move forward with the construction phase.

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