Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. - You might have noticed an area in South Walton looking greener than usual. Walton County officials have been hard at work enhancing the roadways and landscaping the medians along U.S. 331.
The Scenic Corridor Foundation joined Walton County Commissioners for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for a million dollar project that is now complete. Nearly a two mile stretch of 331, from the south end of the Clyde B. Wells bridge to Hwy. 98, is lined with vibrant grass, trees and flowers.The Scenic Corridor Foundation worked with the County and Florida Department of Transportation officials on this project called, 331 Beautification Project. By working together, they were able to increase the project budget to $1.5 million.
"We thought that was really critical to the long term of the project. So, we advocated to the Board of County Commissioners, to take on that funding and the maintenance in the future. They agreed to do it so, we got a much better project," explained Leigh Moore, chairperson of Scenic Corridor Foundation Project Committee.
The Scenic Corridor Foundation and FDOT dedicated the project to Merlin Allan, who served as the president of the foundation and a citizen of Walton County.
Officials from the Scenic Corridor Foundation said they have more plans in the future to create more projects like this in other parts of the County.