Something is fishy at HarborWalk Village. The green colored concrete should be your first clue.
As part of an educational and interactive partnership with Florida Sportsman magazine and the city of Destin, the team at HarborWalk is in the process of creating a fish-inspired mural along the boardwalk.
"It's like a treasure map of the fish in our ecosystem," said HarborWalk's John Hall.
The mural will feature 40 different species of fish and marine life that are found in and around the Gulf of Mexico, Hall said, adding that each fish would be represented by a life size, full color image along the boardwalk. In addition to the Destin mainstays like red snapper and amberjack, manatee, shark, sea birds and a 6-foot marlin will be featured.
As an interactive experience, the images along the boardwalk will not be labeled, but will feature a number that corresponds to a display board on the HarborWalk Village Charters booth that identifies the fish and offers fun facts and information. A QR code will also be provided, allowing curious onlookers to scan and learn as they are taken to the Florida Sportsman website on their mobile devices.
As of Wednesday, crews at HarborWalk were busy staining the concrete along the boardwalk. A greenish-hued stain has been used to mimic the water.
Hall said the project should be "well on its way" in the next 30 days. They are anticipating finishing the project by spring.
"We are very excited about providing a free year-round educational and fun activity that will interest guests and visitors of all ages, who walk, dine, shop, fish or simply enjoy time along the Destin harbor," HarborWalk's Jaime Hall wrote in an email to The Log. "This is a small glimpse into our diverse eco-system and the species that inhabit the Gulf waters."