Restoration Began Friday on 17 Miles of Storm Damaged Local Beaches

The state's restoration project began Friday on nearly 17 miles of storm damaged Panama City beaches.

The renourishment is expected to cost up to $30 million.

It will restore about 30 feet of width to Bay County beaches that were eroded by Hurricane Ivan, one of four hurricanes that hit the state in 2004.

The project will be supervised by the Army Corps of Engineers and paid for mostly from $148 million in federal emergency funding that Congress approved last year for beach restoration.

The state will kick in almost $1.5 million from the $68 million that the Florida Legislature so far has committed to repairing beach erosion caused by the hurricanes.

Bay County will add another $2 to $4 million in local tax dollars from tourist accommodations and the Bed Tax.