Destin officials say the grant application process is going smoothly, despite a recent misunderstanding that left some questioning how long it would take to receive the funds.

According to Destin Public Information Manager Catherine Card, the draft application for the restoration of Clement Taylor Park is moving through the chain of command as planned.

At the April 15 City Council meeting, Teresa Herbert, the chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Committee, told the council that she was notified that the application had been moved from the second slot to the 25th slot as a result of changing the plans to cut out a section of the park that could be used for a proposed substation for the Destin Fire Control District.

Herbert said she spoke to the council at a previous meeting about how she read in the application’s guidelines that making any kind of change, no matter how small, to the application would move it to the bottom of the county’s list to review.

The city is asking for $750,000 in Restore Act funds to revitalize the park. City Manager Lance Johnson said the city has been deferring maintenance to the park for the past three years in anticipation of receiving the grant.

Herbert said that the time frame for funding went from six months to two years as a result of the application losing its spot with the county.

The City Council voted unanimously for Johnson to write a letter and to make a phone call to the county to ask for assistance with the situation.

But Card said it was a misunderstanding and Johnson never had to send the letter.

“There was some confusion but we got to the bottom of it, rectified it and now we’re moving along,” Card said.

The county sent the draft application back to the city for review, Card said. Johnson will take a look at it before sending it back to the county, who will then send it to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for approval and funding.

“We’re kind of going back and forth to make sure all the preliminary information is in there that they’re requesting. Then we’ll submit it for the final approval and go from there,” Card said.

“It appears we’re getting all our ducks in a row and we are working together to ensure that everything is covered so it can be submitted to the treasury,” she added.

The Destin Fire District first approached the City about building a new substation at Clement Taylor Park last year, citing increased response times and a need to be closer to Crab Island as reasoning for the station. The purposed plans will have to go before the City Council and if approved, the station will be paid for by impact fees from the Destin Fire Control District.