Construction on beach revitalization project in Gulf Shores on track
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA)
The beach in Gulf Shores is getting a nice face-lift, costing the city $15 million. Work on the new Gulf Place beachfront started three months ago and things look to be on schedule according to city leaders.
“You can see where the boardwalks are going in, you can see where the dunes are, you can see new landscaping going up, new parking spaces going up,” Bill Henry said.
Henry’s retirement dream “Bill’s by the Beach” has been on the corner of Beach Boulevard and West 2nd Street for three years. He says when he first heard about a beach project happening right outside of his back patio, two thoughts came to mind:
“One was very excited for the potential it has for the community and our restaurant. But I was also a little bit apprehensive it would negatively impact our business during the construction process, which so far it has not,” he said.
What can bee seen now at the construction site is a part of the city’s Vision 2025 plan, and will eventually turn into what Gulf Shores leaders are calling a safe and accessible destination for families and friends.
Henry says what’s been under construction since November will only enhance the public beach.
“I think they’re doing a great job leveraging the best asset the city has. It’s going to make the beach far more attractive for families and it’s consistent with the city’s view.”
The first phase of this $15 million project will cost the city of Gulf Shores $4.5 million, but many think that price tag is worth the investment.
“If it comes back in the community, it’s good.” Tom Dixon of Illinois said.
“I think it’ll be good for the area. It won’t be another tall rise blocking you’re view, it’s something for people to go to,” Ruben Shuler of Georgia said.
According to the city, Phase 1A is expected to be complete by May 1st. Phase 1B and Phase 2 are currently in design and should begin construction this fall after the Shrimp Festival. All content
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