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Perdido Key State Park FWC photo by Karen Parker

Florida: Perdido Key beach access plan clears critical hurdle, cost and timeline still unknown

A controversial new beach access point on Perdido Key will start moving through the county's development review process, but it remains unclear how much the new access point will cost or when it will open.

Tim Day, Escambia County's natural resources management director, said in an email to County Commissioners last week that the plan was ready to move forward after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service largely signed off on it.

The beach access is currently slated to have 37 parking spaces, down from the 44 spaces in the previous plan, and will have a Mobi-Mat as the dune walkover, allowing people in wheelchairs to access the beach.

The previous plan had to be revised to address "major environmental issues" in July, the original target date for the beach access point to open.

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