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Escambia County to Break Ground on New Perdido Key Beach Access #4

Future site of Beach Access #4 in Perdido Key
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Escambia County will soon break ground on the new public Beach Access #4 at 16470 Perdido Key Drive. The project will include construction of a permeable concrete parking lot with 35 parking spots, installation of an ADA-complaint AccessMat dune walkover and educational signage about protected wildlife. The site will add an additional 300 feet of public beach on the western side of Perdido Key, adjacent to the Crab Trap restaurant.

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The site was acquired in 2014 in part with a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to provide public beach access and conserve critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. It was the former site of the Sundown Condominium which was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The original concrete pad and building debris were removed, and the prior parking lot’s shell base will be reutilized for the new public access. Funds for construction were provided by the Tourism Development Tax (TDT).

“We are excited to see such a robust addition come to our local beach accesses,” said Senior Natural Resources Manager Tim Day. “Escambia County would like to thank the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and US Fish and Wildlife Service for their support in the acquisition and development of the project.”

The site is also home to designated Perdido Key Beach Mouse habitat and will be managed in accordance with the Perdido Key Habitat Conservation Plan. Fencing will prevent pedestrian and vehicular trespass into protected habitat areas, while signage will educate visitors about threatened and endangered species that utilize the site, including beach mice, nesting shorebirds and sea turtles.

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