PENSACOLA – Today, Florida Department of Environmental Protection representatives and local Escambia County elected officials attended the groundbreaking for the Perdido River Boat Ramp. The new boat ramp is the final project to be completed for Phase I of the state of Florida’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) early restoration projects.
All Phase I projects are located in Escambia County and include boat ramp restorations at Galvez Landing and Navy Point, the brand new Mahogany Mill Boat Ramp and Park, and an 8.1 mile dune restoration project on Pensacola Beach.
“The department is excited to wrap up Phase I of the NRDA projects,” said DEP Secretary Jon Steverson. “We look forward to continuing to work with local communities on the other phases of early restoration projects to ensure that damaged resources are restored and recreational opportunities are enhanced.”
In April 2011, BP agreed to provide $1 billion to the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees for early restoration projects. Each trustee, including the state of Florida, is able to access $100 million for early restoration projects that meet the criteria described in the framework agreement. Florida’s $100 million is allocated to Phases I, II, and III of early restoration, but there are also federal dollars available.
“We are happy to be breaking ground on the Perdido River Boat Ramp project and celebrating the finalization of the first phase of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment early restoration funds for Escambia County,” said Escambia County Commissioner Wilson Robertson. “This will be one of the finest boat ramps to access Perdido River and will be a huge benefit to District 1 and Escambia County.”
The Perdido Key boat ramp was designed by Pensacola-based Hatch Mott MacDonald and will cost approximately $1.2 million. Roads, Inc. of Northwest Florida, a Cantonment-based company, will construct the boat ramp. The boat ramp is expected to be completed by fall of 2015 and will be located on the north side of Old Highway 90 on the Perdido River.
For more information on the NRDA projects, click here.