$3 million in county recreational projects closer to funding

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 09:54 AM.

*WindMark Beach Fishing Pier improvements; $1.77 million;

*Frank Pate Park Boat Ramp; $806,972.

The plan is part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process, which is required under the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Funding for phase III, the largest round of projects, is expected to be finalized in a record of decision signed by trustees in the next 30 to 40 days.

“It really was a collaborative effort to come up with this plan for the project,” said Ashley Williams, the Gulf Coast Public Affairs Manager for Deepwater Horizon. “Loss of human use after the oil spill was a big theme with the early restoration projects.”

County Commissioner Warren Yeager recently said that after some delays the NRDA funding would begin flowing in the next few months.

The major funding to the county is for the construction of a new public-access fishing pier at WindMark Beach, addressing a strong desire in the community for improved access to the beaches and waters off the WindMark Beach development.

The dollars for the Indian Pass Boat Ramp are for repair and to enhance the existing ramp and to replace existing access and termination piers at Indian Pass.

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