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Living Shoreline Update Meeting

The Pensacola Living Shoreline Project will be the subject of a community meeting tonight hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agencies will provide an update on the project’s planning and design phases.
The Pensacola Living Shoreline Project aims to foster reef development and create salt marsh habitat by constructing breakwaters and planting vegetation. The project involves two sites, the first is located immediately west of Muscogee Wharf near downtown Pensacola — near the existing Project Greenshores site — and the second site is located three miles to the west at Sanders Beach, near the mouth of Bayou Chico.
This project was approved as part of Phase III of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment early restoration. The total funding is $10.8 million.
According to a release from the FDEP, the project was developed to compensate the public for adverse impacts to the ecosystem along Florida’s Panhandle as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 18.8 acres of salt marsh habitat and four acres of reefs are expected to be created.
The July 18 meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South St.

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