When Santa Rosa County began discussing the next go-round of beach renourishment in January 2013, the estimated price was $12 million to $13 million. All necessary permits have been issued and the project now has an $18 million price tag, which could increase to $19 million if the county doesn’t act soon, according to Michael Walther, a professional engineer with south Florida-based Coastal Tech, who attended Monday’s county commission meeting.
In 2006 the beach was renourished for $20 million dollars with 58 percent state funding. The remaining portion was paid by the beach leaseholders (38 percent) with an MSBU, and Santa Rosa County kicked in 4 percent.
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