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Tourism Leaders Seek Delay in Beach Dredging


Posted on February 1, 2016

By Rob Johnson, Navarre

The cheapest price isn’t the best deal on the $15 million dredging project to renourish Navarre Beach this spring, area tourism leaders assert.

They estimate the economic damage to the area’s leisure industry at $10 million, far more than Santa Rosa County Commissioners will save by recently accepting the lowest bid from Weeks Marine Inc., and not scheduling the 190-day beach restoration for the late fall and winter.

In an email to commissioners on Tuesday, the volunteer Tourism Development Council’s South End Committee cited the likelihood of layoffs of hospitality workers and a ripple effect that will hit restaurants, grocery stores, golf courses and entertainment establishments.


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