Announced Friday morning by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) at a press event in Panama City, nine projects have been proposed to be funded in Walton County as part of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Phase III program.
The proposed projects include a Deer Lake State Park Development project, improvements to the Boardwalks and Dune Crossovers at Ed Walline, Gulfview Heights, Grayton Dunes, Dothan Beach, Palms of Dune Allen West and Bayside Ranchettes and boat ramp improvements at Choctaw Beach and Lafayette Creek.
The proposed dollar amount associated with these nine projects totals approximately $1,700,000.
Walton County District 4 Commissioner and Gulf Coast Consortium Executive Board member was pleased to receive the news. “I am excited to see the proposal of several projects specifically for Walton County as well as other regional projects benefitting our county, which will allow visitors to use our beautiful natural resources.”
In addition to the proposed local projects, Walton County would also benefit from a proposed regional Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration project that would span Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay and Escambia Counties. The cost associated with that project is $11,463,587.