With an influx of boaters headed to Destin for spring break, markers will be placed to guide the way through the sand-choked pass.



"We have a lot of folks that own condos and haven't used their boats all winter," Mayor Sam Seevers told The Log. "They are going to have to know that things have changed since the last time they were here."



During Monday night's City Council meeting, Seevers told her colleagues that representatives from the United States Coast Guard would be in Destin to place buoys in the navigation channel.



For the past few weeks city leaders and boat captains have been voicing their concern as the channel and the mouth of the harbor continue to shrink, causing some boats to get stuck and others to scrape their hulls and props in the shallow water.



City leaders are expected to sign a resolution declaring an "emergency" during their March 18 meeting. The emergency declaration would help expedite the permitting process for a dredging project.



The city will partner with the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council to potentially secure funding from the county. City Manager Maryann Ustick told city leaders Monday night that they would be asking the county commissioners for funding during their March 19 meeting.



Councilman Jim Wood told The Log that it's crucial for the city to clean out the channel so the fishing fleet and visitors can easily navigate and offer their services.



"The boats have to be able to come and go," he said.



An official from Coast Guard Station Panama City confirmed that markers would be placed Tuesday.



Given the narrow path in the channel, Seevers told The Log the markers would be a helpful tool for visitors.



"Our charter boat captains are very smart and savvy and they know exactly where to go, but our visitors may need some help when they go out," she said.