Andrew McKay 11/22/19
A project several years in the making has finally been approved by the Santa Rosa County Commission. Construction should begin soon on the multi-use path South of Highway 98 between Maduro Drive in Tiger Point on the West and Soundside Drive on the East. When completed, the $406,316 project will feature a 10 foot wide 1150 foot long path with 880 feet of raised pier section and 270 feet of asphalt paving. Because it crosses protected wetlands, it required both Army Corps of Engineers and FDEP permitting, and one part of that permitting is the planting of 300 Sweet Bay Magnolia Trees to be planted and monitored over the first year.
The Board has budgeted $601,857 for the entire project, and those funds are coming from Area 3 Impact Fees ($145,857), which were approved on February 22, 2016 and LOST funds ($465,000), which were approved on September 19, 2017.
Note on photos: The three close-ups are sequential segments of the entire project shown in the first schematic.