The second phase of the Norriego Point restoration project began this week with crews beginning to install fencing around the side slopes.

Next week, about 28,000 square feet of sea oats will be planted, which will help stabilize the dunes and provide habitat and a food source for birds and other wildlife, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The FDEP’s project manager, Pearce Barrett, presented the proposed design plans for the second phase of the project to the city’s Parks & Recreation Committee on Tuesday.

During the presentation, Barrett emphasized that the plans were not final and any questions presented would be taken back to the designers and addressed when more final design plans are presented in October.

Phase I of the project involved restoring 1,150 linear feet of shoreline through dredging from the East Pass and Destin Harbor navigation channels.

Phase II, which began this week, includes recreational amenities such as the addition of paved parking, public restrooms, an ADA shade shelter, a boardwalk with three dune walkovers, bike racks and shower facilities.

The 8-foot wide boardwalk will go around the harbor side of the point and will have dune walkovers. Barrett said the budget may only allow for two but they are hopeful they can get a third. The boardwalk will be placed about 30 feet away from the shoreline.

The presentation included plans to extend Gulf Shore Drive into the new park and add 18 parking spaces on one side of the road with a cul-de-sac at the park entrance. Concrete sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the road.

Officials hope to complete construction during the off-season and plan to keep the swimming portions on the Gulf side open.