The library is a step closer to getting more parking spaces for the public.

Demolition of the three abandoned cottages located adjacent to the library will begin on Monday. The library is planning on expanding their parking lot with 15 extra parking spots.

“We expect demolition to take approximately three days beginning the week of July 10, weather permitting,” said Doug Rainer, the city’s spokesperson.

Rainer said environmental assessment and cleaning, including the removal of asbestos on two of the properties cost $7,250 and the demolition is estimated at $5,825. The entire project is budgeted at $50,000.

The demolition of the cottages and construction of the expanded parking lot will be funded through the city’s impact fee program, a funding mechanism in the city to improve transportation, parks, law enforcement service and the library.

“The new parking area must be designed before construction begins and no project deadline for the expansion has been established yet,” Rainer said.

Destin Library Director Jurate Burns said they are excited to extend the parking lot and offer more parking spaces for visitors, especially when the library has special events throughout the year.

“We are hoping the project is completed before snowbird season because they attend a lot of our programs,” Burns said. “We are consistently busy in January and really need extra parking, especially for our weekly movies.”

Burns said the 15 additional parking spaces will not take up the entire parcel that will be cleared out.

“We have no plans on extending the library, but that’s always an option,” she said. “We won't be blocked in by other buildings.”