The much-anticipated FWB Landing renovations are one step closer to becoming reality

Fort Walton Beach Landing renovation project

On Tuesday night, the Fort Walton Beach City Council unanimously voted to execute a Memorandum of Agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Landing improvements.

Since August 2017, the city has been working with Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to permit the Landing Improvement Project.

  • While it didn’t take as long to get the DEP permits, the city has yet to receive the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit, which has been the major hold-up.
  • The USACOE permit has been held up in historical review by the State of Florida for over two years due to the presence of historical artifacts in the area of the proposed improvements.
landing gazebo
City of Fort Walton Beach removing the old gazebo at The Landing (City of FWB)

In 2020, the city spent roughly $15,000 to hire an archeologists to drill some pilot holes throughout the park. This was done in order to submit a report to the Army Corps based on comments the city received from the Seminole Tribe, according Beedie.

“We submitted that report last year and the response we got back was that a Memorandum of Agreement for archeological requirements would be drafted by the Army Corps and the State Historic Preservation Office,” he said.

  • Due to the presence of historical artifacts in the area of the proposed improvements, the City will be required to employ an archaeologist during the Landing Improvements in the areas identified in the MOA.

Once all parties sign the Memorandum, the City of Fort Walton Beach could have their final permit within a few weeks. Once the permit is in hand, the city will immediately issue the bid packages for the renovations.

“This is a huge step for us,” said Beedie. “This is what we’ve been waiting for so we can keep this project moving forward.”

New playground equipment at The Landing

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