The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and NOAA will hold a community workshop on the Florida Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project on July 18, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm CDT.
The workshop is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project and get an update on project planning and design. Community members will also be able to ask questions and make comments, although this is not a formal comment period. Comments on the conceptual project design layouts will be considered by project planners, but they will not provide written responses.
The project was approved as part of the third phase of early restoration for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It will provide habitat at two sites in the City of Pensacola, Escambia County along the shoreline of Pensacola Bay. The project will create reefs to reduce wave energy, increase ecosystem productivity, and create salt marsh habitat. This will include building breakwaters to provide reef habitat and creating salt marsh habitat at Project GreenShores Site II and a site near the Sanders Beach area.
The project will create approximately 18.8 acres of salt marsh habitat and four acres of reefs. The estimated cost for this project is $10.8 million.
The workshop will be held at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center at 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.