Bay County receives grant for beach renourishment

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County will be receiving a check for more than $1.1 million to help pay for a beach renourishment project.

Bay County will be receiving a federal grant worth more than $1.1 million to help pay for a 2017 beach renourishment project. (WJHG/WECP)

In May 2017, Bay County used about $14 million from the Tourist Development Tax to renourish four miles of shorelines facing erosion. These grants reimburse the county for a portion of its expenditures associated with the design and construction of that project.

"It really protects the owners on the beach, whether its hotels or property owners. The renourishment project is vital for protection during tidal surges," said Griff Griffitts.

Commissioners also approved a $380,000 grant to continue research and sand study for a future renourishment project in Mexico Beach.

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