City of Destin Embarks on Harbor Capacity Study

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By Catherine Card, Public Information Officer

The Destin City Council has authorized that the City of Destin partner with the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a Destin Harbor Capacity Study. The City’s Comprehensive Plan envisions the Harbor area to be a “festive market place” environment, to include tourist commercial and mixed use development that shall be planned and designed to encourage public access to waterfront views, foster a free flowing pedestrian-oriented environment that does not wall off access to the shoreline, promote convenient public access to the planned Harbor boardwalk, and reinforce the identity of the Harbor as a world-class fishing village that is open to the public.

The overall goal of the study is to endeavor to establish a delicate balance between ensuring the environmental health of the Harbor; ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all entities and parties that use and visit the Harbor; and promote the economic viability of the establishments and guests that do business on the Harbor. The Study is being undertaken under the guidance of the Harbor Capacity Study Steering Committee established by the City Council. All meetings of the Steering Committee are open to the public.

For more information about the Study or opportunities to attend the Harbor Capacity Steering Committee meetings, please contact the Office of the Community Development Director at 850-654-1119 (Option 2) or our website at www.cityofdestin.com.