County receives nearly $3 million for recreational projects

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

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

“Those improvements will be great,” Jenkins said. “That is a beautiful property and a great location. Now with that old sign down (the former Beacon Villa sign) that property looks even better.”

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.

“We are very blessed to have four projects in the county funded and there are three in District 3,” said County Commissioner Joanna Bryan.

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, even considering charging a fee for usage.

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