Norriego Point foot traffic to be diverted for dredge work

Special to The Log
Heavy equipment has made its way to Norriego Point ahead of the dredging project that will clear sand out of the Old Pass Lagoon Channel.

The city of Destin has contracted with Gator Dredging to dredge the Old Pass Lagoon channel adjacent to the Marler Bridge in East Pass beginning Saturday, May 11. The project is scheduled to be completed no later than May 24.

Foot traffic across portions of Norriego Point will be diverted as sand is placed into spoil areas. City staff will designate the diversions as the project evolves.

The most impacted area will be the access to Norriego Point from the city’s parking lot at the end of Gulf Shore Drive. The public should expect foot traffic diversions in this area throughout the project.

Boat access along the harbor and pass sides of Norriego Point are expected to remain open.

The emergency dredging is taking place because winter storms and natural sand movement have caused significant shoaling in the channel, making access to Destin harbor difficult and at times, impossible, a city of Destin press release states.

Okaloosa County will fund the majority of the project using TDC funds in the amount of $180,000. The city will contribute an additional $20,000 to the project and oversee the bidding and construction administration.

For more information, please call the city’s Public Services Department at 837-4242.