County to get millions for parks, boat ramps, shoreline

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 14:26 PM.

Specifically, the county parks and boat ramps would go in Apalachicola towards additional docks at the existing Abercrombie boat launch facility; and an enhancement to Seafood Workers Landing at the former Lombardi property of existing parking and adjacent tie-up docks, as well as an existing onsite building to serve as an information center and dockmaster office.

In Eastpoint, Indian Creek Park would construct restroom facilities, connect them to an existing central wastewater facility nearby, and renovate the existing boat ramp, bulkhead, and parking area at the boat launch facility. Also, new restrooms and a holding tank would be constructed at the existing public Eastpoint Fishing Pier.

At Cash Bayou and Sand Beach north of Eastpoint, there would be construction of a boardwalk on the quarter-mile Sand Beach interpretive trail and the construction of a fishing and wildlife observation structure and associated parking at Cash Bayou.

On St. George Island, new restrooms and a holding tank would be built, and the existing bulkhead renovated, at the St. George Island Fishing Pier.

At Bald Point State Park in Alligator Point, construction would be made of picnic pavilions, boardwalks, and a restroom with an associated aerobic treatment system and drainfield. Also, a boardwalk and floating dock for use as a canoe/kayak launch would be constructed at the park.

Another $775,605 in NRDA monies will go to the Florida Cat Point Living Shoreline project, designed to address adverse impacts of the spill on the productivity of the sea bottom and salt marsh habitats. The project seeks to foster reef development and salt marsh habitat by constructing breakwaters and planting salt marsh vegetation.

The project intends to expand on an existing breakwater on-site of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Office Complex and Nature Center in Eastpoint. The area has been the location of previous successful living shorelines projects. Breakwaters would be constructed to protect the embayment and the created salt marsh habitat.

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