$3 million in county recreational projects closer to funding

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

Improvements to Beacon Hill Veterans’ Memorial Park would include the construction of pavilions, restrooms, a nature trail, parking area and a small amphitheater.

The Highland View boat ramp, considered one of the more challenging ramps to launch from due to currents, will see the replacement of existing access and termination piers as well as repairs to enhance the existing.

The project will also include improved parking.

For the city of Port St. Joe, the dollars for improvement to Frank Pate Park could not arrive at a better time.

The city has been looking at options for funding improvements to what is possibly the most used boat ramp in the county, recently instituting a fee for usage.

“These grants are really good for economic development and for tourism,” said Jennifer Jenkins, executive director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council last year.

“Obviously, the improvements are big for us as 30 percent of our visitors come here to access the water. Ramps and parks, that’s what people want. These grants aligned with our research perfectly.”



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