Destin East Pass dredging project looks like a go

DESTIN — Okaloosa County appears to be only a step or two away from an agreement for the much-needed dredging of Destin’s East Pass.

County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to go along with a plan under which 105,000 cubic yards of sand will be spread along the coastline east of the Pass at Holiday Isle and at least the same amount placed on beaches on the west side.

The west side sand will benefit Okaloosa Island, and is being put there as a concession to the Condo Alliance of Okaloosa Island.

Alliance managers David Sherry, Rebecca Sherry and John Donovan put a stranglehold on the entire dredging project in December by challenging the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s issuing permits to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Alliance group contended an original plan to put the bulk of the dredged sand on the severely eroded east side of the Pass was unfair to Okaloosa Island residents. Their challenge effectively halted the Corps ability to move forward.