CRESTVIEW — A grant agreement that will provide money to restore the severely eroded shoreline at Veterans Park received the Okaloosa County Commission’s unanimous acceptance Tuesday.
The 17.5-acre county park is on Okaloosa Island next to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center and Choctawhatchee Bay.
Storm surge and strong winds from Hurricane Sally in September further reduced much of the park’s shoreline that had been eroded by waves and boat wakes over the years. Also left in Sally’s wake were several sailboats washed up on shore and a sand dune that now resembles a cliff.
In an agreement with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the foundation and the county will split the cost of a $3 million project to install a “living shoreline” that will protect more than 2,200 linear feet of the park.
The project will reduce the impact of wave energy and provide oyster habitat, a seagrass recruitment area and a…