Walton County Resumes Beach Restoration After Months of Delays

Beach restoration has resumed after months of delays in Walton County.

Work began this past weekend in South Walton, where sand was pumped onto beaches. Officials say the rest of the beaches in the south west part of the county should be finished by the middle of January.

In May, the project was put on hold by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when several endangered sea turtles got caught in equipment and died during sand dredging.

The Corps later reversed its decision, and the Tourist Development Council spent the past several weeks working out a contract with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock for work to restart.

The project covers about four miles of beach in Walton and two miles in Destin. The cost is almost $30 million.

The TDC is using state grant money and tourist bed-tax revenue to fund the project.

The Destin part of the project won't start until at least May of next year, at the earliest.

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