In Fort Walton Beach, development has been approved on the Florida city's waterfront, meant to promote tourism, entertainment and a range of other activities. The Fort Walton Landing received a grant of $1.6 million from the state environmental protection department to pursue upgrades to the park.
Among other changes, the redevelopment will include the renewal of 875 feet of boardwalk that borders the Santa Rosa Sound as well as benches and trash receptacles for the walk. The renovation will also include lighting and sidewalks that comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In addition to the boardwalk construction, the renovations will include the construction of a "living shoreline" that includes salt marshes and oyster reefs along the sound. Construction will begin after Labor Day in 2018 and is expected to be completed less than six months later. The project will be paid for initially by the city, but officials expect reimbursement from a program created after a major 2010 oil spill to fund natural resources in the area.
In addition, an archaeological assessment of the area must be completed in order to comply with construction law and state guidelines. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection conducted the assessment and is waiting for final approval of the result, currently under review by several agencies. Designated a city park in 1988, the area is just to the east of the Indianola Mound, a protected historic midden mound of local Native Americans. In addition, cannonballs and a Civil War cannon were found in the area in the past as well.
Developers and builders can face an array of unexpected problems when launching a project. From archaeological concerns to the complexities of environmental regulations, a construction law firm can assist builders and construction companies in handling concerns that can arise as well as dealing with contractual disputes and other issues.