Positive News for Walton County Beach Nourishment Project
July 18, 2013 by SoWal Staff
The Walton County, Florida, Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project (Beach Nourishment Project) reached another milestone Tuesday, July 16 with the signing of the project’s Feasibility Study Report by General Thomas Bostick, Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The chief’s favorable report marks the culmination of the Corps of
Engineer’s development and review process for the project, and the study will now be submitted to Congress and the Administration. The next step for the project is Congressional approval for construction authorization.
“This has been a long time coming and I am very proud of our team that includes Walton County, Visit South Walton (TDC), the Corps of Engineers, and our consultants Marlowe & Company, Taylor Engineering and Seahaven Consulting,” said Brad Pickel of Seahaven Consulting.
The proposed federal project totals 18.8 miles and includes the following areas: the westernmost five miles of Walton County, Dune Allen to Blue Mountain Beach, Gulf Trace to western Grayton Beach, WaterColor to Deer Lake State Park and Camp Creek Lake to the Bay County line. During the next 18 months, the Corps of Engineers and Walton County will be conducting the Preliminary Engineering and Design Phase of the project, which will be the final phase before construction. More information will be provided in a workshop later this fall.
Pickel will provide a larger update at the TDC Advisory Council meeting August, 13 at 9:00 a.m. and the Board of County Commissioners meeting at 4:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the South Walton Courthouse Annex.
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