Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project Restart

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  1. BPickelTDC

    BPickelTDC Beach Lover

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    Hello all. For those of you in western sowal (not 30-A), equipment is arriving for the restart of the beach restoration project. Below is the Media Advisory we drafted yesterday.


    **MEDIA ADVISORY**



    BEACH RESTORATION PROJECT RESTARTS IN WESTERN WALTON COUNTY



    WHO: Walton County Tourist Development Council ​


    WHAT:

    The delivery of equipment by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC is beginning today with the delivery of a bulldozer. Beginning this weekend, mobilization will be in full swing with all remaining equipment arriving over the following days in preparation of the early December restart. All equipment will be brought onto the beach at Seascape near the Whale's Tail restaurant and moved westward into the restart area. No additional information is known at this time.


    WHEN: Monday, November 20 at approx. 5 p.m. ​


    WHERE: In front of Majestic Sun (east of Whale?s Tail Restaurant) ​


    WHY:

    More than 18,900 feet of beach was constructed in Walton County before the project was shut down on May 23. The project is now restarting and weather permitting, construction of the remaining 6,500 feet of beach in Walton County is expected to take approximately 50 days to complete and additional 50-60 days to complete the two miles in the City of Destin. ​


    The large-scale beach restoration project is designed to repair critically eroded beaches due to successive storms. The method involves dredging sand from an underwater borrow site approximately one mile south of East Pass and pumping it onto the beach through a submerged pipeline. The sand is used to elevate the existing beach, construct a dune and widen the beach. ​



    MEDIA CONTACTS: Tracy Louthain or Brad Pickel (850) 267-1216​

     
  2. Beachlover2

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    Thanks Brad!!!!!:clap_1: :clap_1:
     
  3. BPickelTDC

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    Hello again. For the WWC Beach Restoration Project, we developed weekly updates that I am going to start posting here. Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Brad

    Brad Pickel
    Director of Beach Management
    Walton COunty TDC

    Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project Timetable
    November 29, 2006

    The project remobilization restarted in mid-November with the delivery of a bulldozer. To date, approximately 100 segments of pipe, welding equipment, a mobile office and assorted other pieces of equipment have been delivered. The offshore submerged pipeline has been constructed and is awaiting flat seas to be installed, and the Dodge Island Dredge is currently en route with an anticipated arrival on Saturday. The estimated restart date is by the end of the weekend with 45 days scheduled for the completion of Walton County.

    The Dodge Island Dredge holds approximately 2,200 cubic yards of sand and the estimated cycle time is about 4 hours. Daily production is initially estimated at 125 feet per day but may be higher once work commences. Until the actual production is known, 125 feet per day will be used to identify upcoming construction areas. To date, we have completed approximately 18,900 feet (50%) of the total project, and about 73% of the Walton County portion. There are 18,800 feet remain to complete the project. The following areas are expected to be under construction in the next three weeks barring inclement weather or mechanical difficulties.

    Week of December 3rd
    • Construction is expected to restart in the vicinity of Mediterranea and move eastward to Costa del Sol
    Week of December 10th
    • Construction is expected to continue at Costa del Sol and move eastward into the Frangista Beach area
    Week of December 17th
    • Construction is expected to be finished in the Frangista Beach area, completing the eastern segment of this landing
    • At the completion of the eastern segment of this landing, construction of the project will recommence at Mediterranea moving westward toward Pompano Joe?s Restaurant.
    For continually updated information visit the project website www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com.
     
  4. BPickelTDC

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    Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project Timetable
    December 4, 2006

    Sand placement for the restart of the Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project became a reality at approximately 1:15 pm on Saturday, December 2. The onshore location of the pipe is south of the Mediterranea resort, east of Pompano Joe?s restaurant. This restart point is approximately four miles east of the Walton County/Okaloosa County line.

    Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, LLC will build the beach eastward for approximately 2,200 feet. To date, we have completed approximately 18,900 feet (50%) of the total project, and about 73% of the Walton County portion. There are approximately 18,800 feet remaining to complete the project. The following areas are expected to be under construction in the next three weeks barring inclement weather or mechanical difficulties.

    Week of December 3rd
    • Construction has restarted in the vicinity of Mediterranea and is moving eastward to Costa del Sol
    Week of December 10th
    • Construction is expected to continue at Costa del Sol and move eastward into the Frangista Beach area
    Week of December 17th
    • Construction is expected to be finished in the Frangista Beach area, completing the eastern segment of this landing
    • At the completion of the eastern segment of this landing, construction of the project will recommence at Mediterranea moving westward toward Pompano Joe?s Restaurant.
    For continually updated information visit the project website www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com.
     
  5. ecopal

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    Dear Brad,

    What is the county going to do about the eroded beach at the Blue Mountain Beach access at end of Hwy 83?

    On days when there is an on shore wind there is virtually no beach to sit on.

    Also, with the number of people that depend on this access why isn't there a public washroom?

    Thank you
     
  6. BPickelTDC

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    The first question is going to be part of the discussion in the third public workshop for 30-A beaches on December 16th at the Sandestin Emerald Ballroom from 10 am to noon that I hope you will attend. I have posted on another link about that, and you can get more information at www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com under Future Beach Initiatives.

    As for the Blue Mountain Beach Access, it is one area that we are intending to build a restroom and repair the parking area after its use for construction access earlier this year. As a matter of fact, we have already completed the design and engineering of the restroom and parking facilities. However, we have focussed our efforts on repairs from Hurricane Ivan and Dennis repairs and spent in the arena of 4-6 million dollars. Currently, we still have 7 walkovers to reopen and this does not count the Miramar Beach Regional Access that is expected to cost in the 3-4 million dollar arena. Existing walkovers that need to be repaired or made safe always take precedence over new amentities. We are currently working with FDEP to get those permits and hope to start the bidding process this month. Two of those boardwalks are in Blue Mountain.

    The current schedule is to construct the enhancements at the BMB access this fall/winter to impact as few people as possible who are using the access. Since we are installing underground drainage, the entire access will have to be shut down to complete the work.

    I hope this helps to identify the reasons and timing for the upgrades. Please feel free to let me know if you have any additional questions.

    Brad
     
  7. pattynole

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    well done brad. thanks for the update.
     
  8. BPickelTDC

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    Hello everyone. Strangely enough my post from this morning is already OBSOLETE!! (and was deleted) The project's production rate is almost double what was expected so the project is moving much more quickly then expected. :clap_1: This is a better approximation of where the project will be in the next three weeks.[/B]

    Brad Pickel


    Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project Timetable

    REVISED FOR AREAS IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS

    The first full week of construction is complete and has been a complete success. The project has encountered no mechanical or weather delays since the restart. The project has been progressing east from the starting point south of the Mediterranea Condominiums, and construction is currently underway behind Costa del Sol Condominiums. This week approximately 950 feet of beach was constructed. To date, we have completed approximately 19,850 feet (52.6%) of the total project, and about 78.8% of the Walton County portion. The following areas are expected to be under construction in the next three weeks barring inclement weather or mechanical difficulties. Please note that these areas demonstrate a production rate of closer to 200 feet per day instead of the previously estimated 125 feet per day

    Week of December 10th
    • Construction is continuing at Costa del Sol and is expected to be finished in the Frangista Beach area, completing the eastern segment of this landing
    • At the completion of the eastern segment of this landing, construction of the project will recommence at Mediterranea moving westward toward Pompano Joe’s Restaurant.
    Week of December 17th
    • Construction is expected to be completed at the Pompano Joe’s Restaurant and moving through the Miramar Beach Regional Beach Access Area
    Week of December 24th
    • Construction is expected to be completed at the Miramar Beach Regional Beach Access Area and moving past Crystal View, nearing the Avalon Beach Area
    For continually updated information visit the project website: www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com.
     
  9. flyforfun

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    Brad, what about Seagrove? Are we scheduled for any restoration? How about the secondary dune line that Opal knocked out?
     
  10. BPickelTDC

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    Someone has not been reading the Eastern Walton County thread;-) :D
    [ame="http://www.sowal.com/bb/showthread.php?t=9470"]East SoWal Beach Restoration workshop - 12/16/06 - SoWal Beaches Forum[/ame]
     
  11. BPickelTDC

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    Hello all. Here is the new update for the week.

    Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project Timetable
    December 18, 2006

    Construction is continuing with no mechanical or weather delays since the restart on December 2nd. The project has now been completed between Mediterranea Condominiums and the previous stopping point at Frangista Beach, and the project is now moving westward into the Miramar Regional Beach Access Area. This week approximately 1,750 feet of beach was constructed. To date, we have completed approximately 21,600 feet, which is about 78.8% of the Walton County portion and 57.3% of the total project. Only 3,600 feet remain until the completion of the Walton County segment. The following areas are expected to be under construction in the next three weeks barring inclement weather or mechanical difficulties.

    Week of December 17th
    • Construction is expected to be completed at the Pompano Joe’s Restaurant and moving through the Miramar Beach Regional Beach Access Area and Crystal View
    Week of December 24th
    • Construction is expected to continue through the Crystal View and Avalon Beach area
    • Construction is expected to restart at a second landing near the Walton/Okaloosa County line and build eastward through Quiet Surf, Emerald Shores and Gulf View
    Week of December 31st
    • Construction is expected to continue moving eastward through Beach Retreat and Maravilla
    For continually updated information visit the project website: www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com.
     
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  12. BPickelTDC

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    Sorry I missed last week, but in case anyone is interested we are less then three weeks to completion..

    Brad

    Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project Timetable
    January 2, 2007


    Happy New Year and this should be the last month that I will be providing these updates for the Western Walton County Project. As you can see below, we estimate that we are within three weeks of completion. This past week we had a refueling on Friday and a weather delay for most of Saturday and Sunday. Project construction will be completed from the first landing at Mediterranea Condominiums on Wednesday, January 3 and work will restarted near the Walton/Okaloosa County line building back eastward to tie-in to the existing project. Through January 1, we have completed approximately 22,700 feet, which is about 90.1% of the Walton County portion and 60.2% of the total project. Only about 2,500 feet remain until the completion of the Walton County segment. The following areas are expected to be under construction in the next three weeks barring inclement weather or mechanical difficulties.

    Week of December 31st
    • Construction completed for the western segment of the first landing in the Avalon Beach area
    • Construction is restarted at a second landing approximately 200 feet east of the Walton/Okaloosa County line and will be building eastward through Quiet Surf, Emerald Shores and Gulf View
    Week of January 7th
    • Construction is expected to continue moving eastward through Gulf View, Gulf Winds East and into the Beach Retreat area
    Week of January 14th
    • Construction is expected to continue moving eastward through Beach Retreat and Maravilla leading to final completion of the Walton County segment of the project
    For continually updated information visit the project website: www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com.
     
  13. BPickelTDC

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    Less then 2 weeks to go :D ...Brad

    Western Walton County Beach Restoration Project Timetable


    January 8, 2007

    Due to rough seas at the end of the week, there were construction delays for parts of Thursday and Friday for the Western Walton County Project. Construction is continuing from 200 feet east of the Walton/Okaloosa County line building eastward to tie-in to the previously constructed project area. Through January 7th, approximately 23,300 feet of beach has been restored and accounts for 92.4% of the Walton County portion and 61.8% of the total project. Only about 1,900 feet remain until the completion of the Walton County segment. The following areas are expected to be under construction in the next two weeks barring inclement weather or mechanical difficulties.

    Week of January 7th
    • Construction is expected to continue moving eastward through Emerald Shores, Gulf View, Gulf Winds East, and entering the Beach Retreat area
    Week of January 14th
    • Construction is expected to continue moving eastward through Beach Retreat, Maravilla and the remaining sections of Walton County leading to final completion of the Walton County segment of the project
    For information regarding future restoration activities along the 30-A beach communities in Walton County, please visit our website: www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com, or call Brad Pickel, Director of Beach Management, at (850) 267-1216.

    For information regarding beach restoration in the City of Destin, please contact the City of Destin City Hall at (850) 837-4242
     
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    Hello all. Below is the press release marking the completion of the Walton County segment of the Walton County/Destin Beach Restoration Project. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Brad


    BEACH RESTORATION COMPLETE FOR WESTERN WALTON COUNTY
    The Walton County TDC moves to Phase II beach restoration for the 30-A Corridor

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla.-(Jan. 19, 2007) - After seven years in the making, the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) announces the completion of the Western Walton County Beach Nourishment Project. This project was vital in providing upland protection from future storm surge and for the economic vitality of the county through tourism. The project restored 26,200 feet of beach over five miles in Western Walton County, adding 75-100 feet of beach in these areas.
    "It is important to note that this project is a result of a small group of tourism leaders along with the Walton County Commission who had the foresight in 1999 to enact an additional one cent of tourist occupancy tax to be earmarked for specifically for beach nourishment activities, eliminating any financial burden on the county," said Kriss Titus, executive director of the Walton County TDC.
    The project was a joint effort between Walton County and the City of Destin, and the overall cost of the project was proposed at $27,733,399 of which Walton County's responsibility was $19,136,045. The Walton County portion of the project was paid for using bed tax collections, state grants, and a loan that is pledged against future bed tax revenue. Bed tax is paid by visitors on short term rentals.
    Now that the project has been completed, many find it hard to believe that it took so long. The process began in 2000, after Hurricane Opal and Hurricane Georges, at which time the beaches in Western Walton County were deemed "critically eroded" by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and qualified for state funding for a large scale beach restoration project. In the same year, the TDC hired a full-time coastal scientist, Brad Pickel, to take the county through the scientific process.
    After the completion of a sand source investigation in 2002, which identified quality sand of the same color, size and composition at Destin's East Pass, the TDC partnered with the county to have Taylor Engineering create a plan for the nourishment of Western Walton County beaches. In 2003, the permitting process began. Moving through this laborious task of gaining permitting, the county faced some unplanned delays. In 2004, a small group of homeowners who opposed the project filed an injunction and began a lawsuit to stop the project. While this was tied up in the legal system, Hurricane Ivan rolled through in 2004, and Tropical Storm Arlene and Hurricane Dennis in 2005.
    The project finally mobilized in January 2006 and was slated for a 150-day construction timeline. Unfortunately, the project was further delayed by several turtle takings, which shut down the project in May. After getting the permit reinstated in August, it took several months to identify an available dredge through Great Lakes Dredge and Dock. After remobilization in November, the Western Walton County portion of the project is finally completed.
    The Dodge Island Dredge will now depart the project in order to complete previously committed project work on the East Coast. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock plans to mobilize the original dredge, the Liberty Island, to begin the Destin portion in April, which they anticipate to be completed in 45-50 days.
    "Through all the permitting challenges and project delays, the community has been wonderful to work with and we are happy that Phase I is complete. Numerous individuals worked to bring the project to fruition and I am proud to have been part of such an excellent team," said Brad Pickel, director of beach management with the Walton County TDC. "We'll now be focusing on the Phase II project for beaches along the 30-A corridor."
    The process began for the beaches along the 30-A corridor after Hurricane Dennis in 2005, when DEP deemed 9.3 miles of beaches along the 30-A corridor as "critically eroded." Taylor Engineering recently completed the sand source investigation. Now these beaches must be resurveyed in order to finalize the design and create the necessary permitting documents. Permit applications will be submitted to the state and federal agencies by the end of May 2007. While it is unclear how long the permitting process will take, county officials are hopeful that permits will be granted within 12 months. Other factors that will impact the project timeline include funding, and the case before the Florida Supreme Court.
    The economic vitality to the region is heavily dependant on the area's beaches, and research shows that the beaches are the number one reason people visit the area. Last year, Walton County's beaches attracted 2.5 million visitors, who spent approximately $684.9 million in Walton County. Tourism supports more than 10,275 jobs and generates approximately $257 million in local income annually. A recent study by the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University revealed that beach nourishment also protects the value of upland properties. Single family properties upland of nourished beaches increased more than 30 percent, twice the increase in properties upland of beaches that had not been nourished.
    For information regarding Phase II beach restoration project along the 30-A corridor, please visit our website: www.protectwaltoncountybeaches.com, or call Brad Pickel, director of beach management, at (850) 267-1216.
     
  15. Miss Kitty

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    :clap_1: ...thanks Brad! Here's hoping it won't take 7 years for our end to be started/completed.
     

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