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FL - Pace's historic Floridatown Park is getting a 'living shoreline' upgrade

One of Santa Rosa County’s oldest and most historic parks is getting a major environmentally friendly upgrade.

September 19, 2018

Floridatown Park, located in Pace on the Escambia Bay, is the recipient of a $175,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Coastal Resilience Grant Program to create a living shoreline along the beach area of the park.

The living shoreline will use natural vegetation and other elements of nature already existing in the ecological area to create a seawall of sorts that protects the park and surrounding land from erosion.

“When you have waves and storm surge, it can damage your shoreline over time and cause erosion,” said Shelley Alexander, Santa Rosa County’s environmental programs coordinator. “The standard practice is to use seawalls, like concrete embankments or vertical seawalls, but that’s not very sustainable and it contributes to the loss of habitats, like shoreline wildlife, oysters, shrimp and marshland.”

The county is currently in the design and engineering phase of the project, with construction expected to start in early 2022. County officials held a public workshop in November 2020 to present Pace residents with three options for the living shoreline project, and the most popular option was chosen.

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