Gulf County Receiving Bids for Beach Restoration Project

GULF COUNTY, Fla. - Residents living along the Gulf County coast have a chance to restore their sandy beaches.

However the clock is ticking as county officials are urging residents to turn in necessary paperwork. After years of beach erosion, the county is working to have sand along the St. Joseph Peninsula finally replenished.

"We've always had a little bit of erosion on certain areas in Cape San Blas. So we saw the need for that," said Gulf County Economic Development Executive Director,Warren Yeager.

The Gulf County Board of Commissioners are currently receiving sealed bids from anyone who qualifies for the project from now until Friday.

"Right now we're out to bid for that project and we'll receive bids before the next meeting," said Yeager.

'The St. Joseph Peninsula Beach Renourishment Project' will have nearly 1.2 million cubic yards of sand that will cover roughly five miles of beach.

Some of the funding for this project will come from several pools of funds.

"The funding is going to be partially from the MSTU that the public voted on themselves out there in that general area. That's going to be to the tune to about a third of the project," said Yeager.

Officials want to start the project as soon as November.

"What we're hoping is in the first half of next year to complete that project that's generally some overrun, so it might run into the summer a little bit but we're hoping to have it completed by the summer of 2018."

Bids will open during Gulf County's next board meeting, October 17th, at 10 a.m.

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