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Joe’s Bayou Recreation Area Improvements

Implementing Organization

State of Florida


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category

Recreational Use

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

The project will improve access to the existing boat ramp, enhance recreational amenities, and enhance and restore the topography and natural resources at Joe’s Bayou Recreation Area and Mattie Kelly Park and Nature Walk within the City of Destin. Specifically, for Joe’s Bayou, the project includes: • Construction of a reef breakwater, restrooms, walking trails, sidewalks, fishing pier, and boat ramp with pier; • Backfill of the former Cemex industrial plant site; • Replacement of the former Cemex plant retaining wall; • Pond restoration including littoral planting and aeration; • Saltmarsh and upland restoration; • Enhancement and improvements to a kayak/paddle-craft launch and pier; • Rehabilitation and expansion of parking lots; • Interpretive educational signs; • Lighting improvements; and • Landscaping/irrigation/benches/trash receptacles. Additionally, at Mattie Kelly Park, the project will include: • Wetland enhancement; • Construction of additional parking spaces and a boardwalk; and • Drainage and stormwater treatment. The project integrates the development of a master plan, recreational elements, infrastructure improvements, and a comprehensive stormwater management and erosion control plan. The project will enhance public access by providing improved access and parking in a heavily-used recreational area by creating additional boardwalks and trails and providing new water access amenities for paddle and power craft.


Pearce Barrett
(850) 245-2106
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