Tuesday, October 20, 2020



Gulf Breeze Shoreline boat ramp reopens … but parking is limited




Water stands in part of the parking lot at Shoreline Park south. Many boaters were disappointed that the boat ramp opened only to Gulf Breeze residents last week, but it is scheduled to open to the general public on Saturday. Glenda Caudle | Gulf Breeze News

Water stands in part of the parking lot at Shoreline Park south. Many boaters were disappointed that the boat ramp opened only to Gulf Breeze residents last week, but it is scheduled to open to the general public on Saturday. Glenda Caudle | Gulf Breeze News

Hurricane Delta did not follow the same path as Sally, sparing Northwest Florida from another damaging and life threatening storm.

Meanwhile, the city of Gulf Breeze, as well as the unincorporated areas, is trying to recover from Sally and the damage she brought on Sept. 16.

As of Oct. 9, the Hurricane Sally Damage Assessment on stormwater, water and sewer equipment and facilities for the City of Gulf Breeze was 95 percent complete, with a scheduled After-Action Report set for publication on Oct. 16.

Six million dollars is the estimated cost of hurricane damage and costs to public facilities in Gulf Breeze. City staff is working with FEMA for public assistance recovery. Those with home or business storm damage can go to https:// www.santarosa. fl.gov/240/Disaster-Assistance for individual assistance, according to a City report.

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance applications are available at disasterloanassistance. sba.gov/s/. Those in need can also call 800 659-2955 for one-on-one assistance Monday every day from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (Eastern time).

Damage is evident on this pier at Shoreline Park.

Damage is evident on this pier at Shoreline Park.

In other hurricane recovery news affecting this area, Gulf Breeze’s Parks and Recreation Department,’s Shoreline Park boat ramp has limited reopening after storm damage repair and debris clearance for city residents and businesses only, including access to the bathhouse, beach and pier, until Oct. 17, when the facility and area will be open to the general public with boat ramp fees.

Oriole Beach boat ramp, which was undergoing a pier replacement, remains closed. Santa Rosa County Commissioner Lane Lynchard said, “The dock should be finished soon, then the county can start pursuing permitting for the ramp, which is a separate project.”

A survey to gauge local support for a ferry service with a three-point-stop schedule at Gulf Breeze, Pensacola and Pensacola Beach has been completed, but the results have not yet been delivered.

Gulf Breeze City Council supported the survey to help members make decisions about pursuing the ferry service to assist local travelers who can no longer use the Gen. Chappie James Bridge.

A worker walks on the Oriole Beach boat ramp pier, which underwent scheduled maintenance before Hurricane Sally hit. The boat ramp is scheduled to be back in service soon, according to County Commissioner Lane Lynchard. Photos by Jason Thompson | Gulf Breeze News

A worker walks on the Oriole Beach boat ramp pier, which underwent scheduled maintenance before Hurricane Sally hit. The boat ramp is scheduled to be back in service soon, according to County Commissioner Lane Lynchard. Photos by Jason Thompson | Gulf Breeze News

If service is to be opened, Gulf Breeze must extend the existing pier at Shoreline Park another 200 feet, in addition to making the landing area ADA compliant. The non-vehicle ferry trip would take about 16 minutes between Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. It would not be locally funded.

Those parking would be shuttled from perimeter parking areas, and the boat ramp would remain open to regular users.

Residents are encouraged to report any remaining damaged or non-operating street lights directly to Gulf Power at https:// www.gulfpower.com/outage/ report/streelight/report-an-outage. html.

The interactive map available at the site allows customers to tell if Gulf Power is already aware of the outage they are interested in reporting.

During Hurricane Sally, there were problems with several generators that affected the fire department, the auxiliary engine/ water plant in Gulf Breeze Proper, Dracena Way Lift Station, Villa Venyce Lift Station, the water plant at Field OPPs, the Florida Avenue Lift Station and Live Oaks Lift Station. Taylor Tech is working on several of these issues with the City for repair. In some instances, it may be necessary to purchase new equipment or switches.

Sewer lift stations, pumps and treatment facility have 100 percent operable lift stations, but there are some deficiencies, primarily electrical components that must be replaced and control panels that should be replaced.

The west course pump house is 75 percent operational, as of Oct. 9, at the wastewater treatment facility. Once the rebuilt jockey pump motor is installed, it will be 100 percent operational. Dewberry and Associates is completing an assessment of WWTF.

Both the City of Gulf Breeze and South Santa Rosa drinking water treatment facilities and distribution systems have resumed normal operations.

Dewberry and Associates is also completing an assessment for both drinking water plants. Some lingering equipment and structural damages at the facilities still need to be repaired or replaced.

The last few days for transfer station recovery mode in the City of Gulf Breeze will end Oct. 17. Until then, residents will be able to use free loads, but yard debris cannot be accepted because of limited capacity.

On Oct. 19, the transfer station will reopen to the general public and regular hours will resume. The fee is $10 for residents and $46 for non-residents.

Republic Services has resumed normal garbage pickup schedules for garbage, recycling and debris. Contents of recycling cans may be hauled as garbage until the ECUA facility is repaired from hurricane damage. All yard debris must be placed in brown-lid cans, and bags and loose piles will not be accepted.

Hurricane season is not yet over, and the City of Gulf Breeze is reminding residents to clear nearby inlets and drains of leaves and yard debris. A new street sweeper schedule will be released in the coming week.

Call 934-5108 for additional debris or trash questions.

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