Navarre beach restoration closing in on Navarre Towers

All photos:  Deborah Nelson

beach fill at navarre towersNavarre Beach restoration was nearing Navarre Towers as of Sunday.

On Friday, May 13, crews had completed filling of Segment 1 and begin filling Segment 2 at Beach Colony, moving westward.

Weather permitting, the progress will likely reach the western boundary of the segment by May 20.

 

A total of 300,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed on Navarre Beach since April 29. Monitoring for sea turtles as well as shorebird/seabird nesting and breeding will continue throughout the process.

To pay for the project, the proposed Local Funding Plan includes federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The balance of project funding will come from local sources, including the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council, Santa Rosa County, and a municipal services benefit unit (MSBU) by Navarre Beach Leaseholders. The County has fronted the MSBU share of costs to be subsequently repaid to the County via the MSBU. The Santa Rosa County Commission is expected to consider the proposed Local Funding Plan and MSBU for adoption in August 2016.

For live video of the existing beach, visit www.navarrebeachlife.com. For updates and an online map of the restoration progress, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov. For questions about the process, best shelling locations, environmental concerns or timeline, contact County Engineer Roger Blaylock at 850-981-7100.

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