Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project

Project Description

The Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline project is funded under Phase III of Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Early Restoration. The project is being jointly implemented by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The project would reduce shoreline erosion and construct salt marsh and reef habitats. The project will be located on City of Pensacola owned submerged lands which run along an urban shoreline in Pensacola Bay, Escambia County. The project has an estimated budget of $10.8 million.

Successful living shoreline projects have previously been implemented along this shoreline and have restored oyster reef, and provided salt marsh habitat, which are all important habitats that contribute to shoreline protection. Originally the project was to be implemented at two neighboring sites: Project GreenShores (PGS) Site II and Sanders Beach. PGS Site II is located off Bayshore Blvd. immediately west of Muscogee Wharf in downtown Pensacola. The Sanders Beach site is located three miles to the west, near the mouth of Bayou Chico. The project planned to construct breakwaters at both sites to protect the created salt marsh habitat and to promote reef development for bivalves and other invertebrates. The specific breakwater elevation and technique design will be selected to maximize salt marsh protection and meet state regulatory requirements.

Current Status

FDEP and NOAA held a community workshop on July 18, 2016. An overview of the design process and initial project designs were presented during the workshop for the community to learn more about the project and provide a community forum for receiving feedback and comment on the proposed designs. The initial design(s) provided preliminary layouts for both PGS Site II and the Sanders Beach site. These proposed designs would have restored approximately 18 acres of salt marsh habitat and provided four acres of reef habitat. The workshop was well attended and many attendees provided feedback on the proposed project sites, goals, and design layouts.

Considering the comments and feedback received from attendees, many of whom expressed their concerns regarding the implementation of the Sanders Beach project site, the Florida Trustee Implementation Group has decided to proceed with implementing the project only at the PGS Site II location. NOAA and FDEP are currently evaluating design options to maximize the acres of marsh and oyster reef habitat that can feasibly be created at the PGS site. Community input will continue to be sought as the project design process proceeds.

Scheduled Meetings

No Meetings Scheduled at this Time.

Next Milestone

Community input on the development of a project design for the PGS Site II (Winter 2017)

Related Documents

$10.8 Million
Total Estimated Cost

18.8 Acres
Approximate salt marsh habitat restored

Summer 2018
Estimated Completion Date

Heather Thomas
Marine Habitat Resource Specialist