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The City of Destin received a $500,000 state grant to improve stormwater utilities in the Heritage Run subdivision thanks to the help of Sen. Don Gaetz and Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Work on the project began May 9 and is expected to last 120 days. View map.

Background: Historically, the Heritage Run subdivision has experienced flooding from rainfall and tidal surges because of the area’s low elevation. The stormwater system currently in place is a gravity flow system with a tide gate that is closed when the elevation of the bay rises. The tide gate must be closed to stop tidal surges which prevents outflow of stormwater from the affected properties. The new proposed pump system will allow closure of the tide gate while still allowing the system to pump treated stormwater into the inlet, lessening the chances of flooding the subdivision.

The $500,000 grant is approximately half of the cost of the Heritage Run stormwater pump upgrade.

Project Scope: The scope of work will include mobilization, maintenance of traffic, de-watering, excavation and construction of a drainage vault with pump station, piping and power generation station, grading, sub-base preparation, base and paving and resurface of roadway, pavement marking, concrete work, minor irrigation and landscaping repair as per plans consisting of 11 civil sheets & project specifications. The proceed date is May 9, 2016, and the project construction time is 120 calendar days.

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Crosstown Connector
The proposed connector would create approximately 0.4 miles of new four-lane 
roadway through Destin with an intent to provide a direct connection to the east-west corridor as an alternate route to U.S. Highway 98 for local traffic. The proposed improvements would begin on Azalea Drive just west of Benning Drive and extend eastward just past the intersection of Legion Drive and Beach Drive. The project passes through the area of Anna Street, Sandalwood Court and Sandalwood Drive.

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The City of Destin has received approximately $3.6 million in grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for stormwater improvements. City staff submitted the grant application in 2014 with a goal to enhance, maintain and restore the ecological integrity of Choctawhatchee Bay, Joe’s Bayou, Indian Bayou and Destin Harbor through the accelerated implementation of the final six projects identified in the city’s 2004 Master Stormwater Management Plan.

The implementation of these projects will result in greatly improved benthic (water bottom) habitat quality, increased biological diversity and productivity, and improved water quality to assist seagrass recovery in the bay. The proposed construction will also create trash/debris collection points, remove invasive species to protect the surrounding wetlands, and provide seagrass monitoring. 

The six project sites are: Indian Bayou, Sandalwood Drive, Spring Street and Whippoorwill Avenue, Juanita Avenue and Snapper Drive, Maltezos Street, and Calhoun Avenue.

The city has contracted with Preble-Rish for engineering, design and construction administration for the project.

Work is expected to be underway in the summer of 2016. Download the flier here.

Indian Bayou - see details and maps regarding the Indian Bayou portion of the project here.
Proposed Leonard Destin Park
Leonard Destin Park Proposal.jpgThe Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Trust for Public Land are working with the city to 
purchase and construct a new park on Calhoun Ave. overlooking Crab Island (at no cost to the city)! More to come... Read the Destin Log's story from the Dec. 3 edition. View the rendering here (large file).