Among other projects to commence after the festival, workers began removing boardwalk decking in anticipation of replacing it with a 15-foot-wide sidewalk.
“Our public beach is one of the most important resources we have in our community,” said Mayor Robert Craft. “This project will connect our entire half-mile of public beachfront through safe pedestrian- and bike-friendly routes and will provide significantly enhanced opportunities for our residents and visitors to enjoy this area year round.”
The $15 million Gulf Place Revitalization Project is a linchpin objective of the Small Town, Big Beach Vision 2025 for Sustainability and the result of years of master planning and public input.
The project will be completed in phases over the next few years and will employ sustainable, low-impact designs to provide a more welcoming, accessible, pedestrian and bike-friendly environment for residents and visitors to enjoy.
"This project will rejuvenate the face of our community and will provide enhanced opportunities to enjoy our entire half-mile of public beachfront year-round," said Mayor Robert Craft. "We are excited to be able to make such a significant investment into the quality of life of our residents, the experience of our visitors and the future of Gulf Shores."
Improvements for Phase I will include:
- Enhanced and expanded public parking
- 20 ft. wide beachfront boardwalk
- Seating and shade structures
- Renovated public restroom facilities
- New Beach Safety Headquarters
- Extensive natural/coastal landscape