Gulf Co. Officials to Review Bids for Beach Restoration

CAPE SAN BLAS, Fla. - Plans for beach restoration along Cape San Blas are picking up steam. Gulf County coordinators received sealed bids and are narrowing down their options for the best pick.

On Tuesday, officials provided an update on the bidding process for beach restoration during the Gulf County board meeting.

It's for the St. Joseph Peninsula Beach Renourishment Project' expected to cover five miles of the area.

"Those bids came in and they came in honestly, higher than expected," said  Gulf Co. Restore Coordinator Warren Yeager.

Yeager said the bids came in about thirty to forty percent higher than they expected.

"Part of it is some of the Corps of Engineers work that's ongoing right now. We think there's only three companies that do this type of dredging in the Gulf Coast," said Yeager.

This storm season has given officials more of an urgency to replenish the sand on the coast.

"Nate didn't come close to us, and so it was a minor storm for us but it still did some damage in that area. So it's very important that not only we protect that roadway with more rock..., but also with some sand in front of it so that we're protecting that piece of infrastructure....It's not a matter of if we do this, it's a matter of now. When do we find the best option to do this project," added Yeager.

Officials want to begin the beach restoration project by next spring.

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