Drainage repairs for Indian Bayou slated for January

Matt Algarin

A remedy to the drainage issues in the Indian Bayou area has been approved by city leaders.

“Storm water management and water quality are vital to our community,” Public Information Manager Doug Rainer told The Log. “These repairs will reduce the potential for flooding in the area, which will also positively impact water quality.”

The task at hand will require Underground Inc., a city contractor, to replace approximately 1,324 linear feet of deteriorated 18-inch corrugated metal pipe that runs along the golf course.

The project will be broken into two phases, with the first calling for the replacement of the northern (downstream) 337 feet of storm pipe, while phase two would replace the rest of the pipe and liner. Phase one of the project will cost the city $41,335.75.

Based on city documents, the first phase of the Indian Bayou Subdivision was constructed in 1979 in unincorporated Okaloosa County, as it was before Destin was a city. This construction included Indian Bayou Trail, a portion of Indian Bayou Drive and Country Club Drive East.

Stormwater from the first 1,800 feet of Country Club Drive East, which includes the lots on both sides of the road, is drained through the corrugated metal pipe and ultimately drains into Indian Bayou.

Given that the pipe has been underground for 35 years, the repairs are much needed. Work on phase one of the project is expected to begin in January. Phase two of the project will be coordinated at a later point in time, given that it’s more intrusive to the operations of the golf course.