County receives nearly $3 million for recreational projects

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:26 AM.

*WindMark Beach Fishing Pier improvements; $1.77 million;

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

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

“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.”

The major funding 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 to be used to repair and enhance the existing ramp and to replace existing access and termination piers at Indian Pass.

“These projects are a great win for Gulf County,” said County Commissioner Warren Yeager, who added that none of the funds are through the RESTORE Act process. “This is a good start. These are some good projects.”

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