Group from Tallahassee holds meeting to discuss future of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 9:02 PM CDT
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Hurricane Michael damaged state parks and

is no exception.

The Office of Park Planning out of Tallahassee held a public meeting Tuesday evening at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe. Officials updated residents and stakeholders on construction, habitat restoration, and water quality.

Hurricane Michael caused a breach in the peninsula, allowing water to move through the land, creating a sort of causeway. This has made it difficult to access facilities and the campground on the other side of the water.

We're told the road was also washed out in that area during the storm. Tuesday night, we learned more sand will be added to help fill the breach, which has started to fill naturally on its own.

A road will also be built roughly in the same area as the old one.

Daniel Alsentzer, Planning Manager for the Office of Park Planning, said, "The Florida Parks Service looks forward to restoring the St. Joseph Peninsula for its former conservation and recreation values. It's a staple in the economy for outdoor recreation and ecotourism."

During the meeting, officials had the chance to hear concerns over future tropical weather and how it will come into play during the recovery process.

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