Long Term Fix for Norriego Point Has Been Approved

By: Cristina Pfeffer Email
By: Cristina Pfeffer Email

For years the erosion at Norriego Point has put a burden on the City of Destin.

The city has poured thousands of dollars into several quick fixes, but in a few short months that will all change.

"We have done dune restoration projects, we have done a temporary armor system that has been put in, but we need the real fix in order to provide safety for the harbor and all the charter fishing fleet,” said Destin Mayor Sam Seevers. “Also we need to make sure that we can maintain that point for the human use aspect for all of our citizens and visitors alike."

The funding has come from the Natural Resources Damage Assessment program, which was created after the 2010 BP oil spill.

"Norriego Point is a great example of being shovel ready in that all the permits are secured, the city has the design, they know what they wanted, so we were able to take that information and talk to our trustees at BP and we reached agreement on that,” said Kendra Parson, Gulf Coast Affairs Manager for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

With the money, the city hopes to stabilize the area and build several erosion control structures.

City officials would also like to get the area back to pre-hurricane Opal size-and add close to eight acres of land.

"We've got a lot of design elements in place now that we have been working very hard and diligently on, but we have to fine tune those plans,” said Mayor Seevers.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be working with the City of Destin on the design plans every step of the way.

"If it weren't for their collaboration with us, and them telling us what they want we wouldn't be able to do this,” said Parson.

Once a plan is in place for the project, Seevers hopes everything will be complete by fall of 2015.

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