The south Walton County and Destin beach renourishment project will not have to wait until October to resume.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given the go ahead for the project to resume sometime next week. Corps officials in Jacksonville said last week the seven mile project was being halted following the death of a third Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle. They said that was all the project was being allowed until the state of the new fiscal year in October.
But the Corps’ Mobile, Alabama office has given the project one of its three allotted turtle deaths so the project can resume now.
They will also inspect the dredge equipment to see if there are any alterations which can be done to reduce the threat to the sea turtles.
But this doesn’t mean all of the project’s troubles are ending. An appeals court has already ruled the state should not have issued the dredging permit for the project.
The work could be stopped again if the court refuses to rehear the case.