County receives nearly $3 million for recreational projects

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

“We’ve been talking about wanting to do something there for a few years,” said Mayor Mel Magidson. “We’d like to increase the dockage and extend the ramp. This is a good thing for us. Hopefully we can do it up right.”

Magidson added that the limit on “dirt” in the area all but precludes the ability to make drastic improvements for parking around the ramp.

“Frank Pate Park is the hub of everything; that is a nice grant,” Jenkins said.

State Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello), whose district includes Gulf Counties, was in Panama City for the announcement last week. He was pleased with the boat ramp, dock and pier upgrades.

“All of them are great,” he said of projects.

Jenkins also noted two regional projects that will impact Gulf County.

One is the Florida Seagrass Recovery Project which will primarily be located in St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve, with potential additional sites in Franklin and Bay counties.

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