Floridatown design of natural shoreline protection system public meeting held Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.
The Santa Rosa County Environmental Department will hold a public meeting for the Floridatown Park design of natural shoreline protection system on Tues., Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Floridatown Park, located on Escambia Bay in Pace, provides public boating access facilities and recreational park amenities. The shoreline has experienced extensive erosion from surge and extreme weather events. As an alternative to armoring the shoreline with traditional methods, a living shoreline is an environmentally friendly way of reducing shoreline erosion, improving water quality and providing habitats for fish and wildlife.
Santa Rosa County received a $125,000 Resilient Coastlines Program grant to assess and determine the most suitable type of nature-based living shoreline for the location. Assessment and planning activities have been undertaken by Jacobs, an expert in Coastal Green Infrastructure.
Representatives from the Santa Rosa County Environmental Program, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension Office and Jacobs will be available at a public meeting Tues., Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pace Community Center, 5976 Chumuckla Hwy., to discuss the proposed project and solicit feedback from the public.
Meeting information will include specific designs for the Floridatown Living Shoreline that can withstand storm surges, coastal flooding, provide public access and restore important habitats for fish and wildlife. For those unable to attend, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/JH7TKLS
to review and vote on the preferred design option for Floridatown Park by Wed., Nov. 18. For more information, contact Shelley Alexander, environmental programs coordinator, 850-981-2018 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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