More major upgrades planned at Little Lagoon Park – Mullet Wrapper
By John Mullen
In 2017, Gulf Shores used a grant from the Alabama Coastal Zone Management Program to help fund improvements to Little Lagoon Park, including the addition of an ADA accessible fishing dock.
Environment and Grants Coordinator Dan Bond is once again looking to ACAMP for further improvements to the park at the pass, including walking trails and walkways to neighborhoods to the east.
“These additional upgrades will include extending the paved footpath to West Lagoon Avenue, building a new 500ft by 8ft elevated boardwalk connecting Sandpiper Lane,” Bond’s report told council. . “There will be a 30 by 15 viewpoint along the boardwalk, as well as additional signage and landscaping. These improvements will significantly improve public access and make the park a key part of the surrounding community.
The project is expected to cost just under $ 300,000, helped by an ACAMP of $ 50,000 that the city is seeking. This requires a one-to-one correspondence easily satisfied by the remaining costs of the project.
“Design costs of $ 23,727.00 were budgeted for in 2019 as part of the Little Lagoon Park Improvement Project,” Bond said in his report. “Construction costs of $ 272,868 will have to be budgeted during fiscal year 2020, of which $ 50,000 will be funded by ACAMP and recorded as a reimbursable expense. “
According to OutdoorAlabama.com, “ACAMP’s annual grants program supports projects that protect, strengthen and improve the management of coastal natural, cultural and historic resources and that increase the sustainability, resilience and preparedness of communities and economies. coastal. “
Since the fishing pier opened on February 1, Bond says he has seen a constant flow of fishermen and tourists.
“We designed it to reach relatively deeper waters where a good catch could be,” said Bond. “There is a sandbar that stretches quite a distance out there. Since its opening, it has been used every day and more and more people are discovering it. This opens up pass fishing to a whole new group of people who couldn’t use it before.
The new phase will provide access to vacation rental properties and full-time residents who live in the West Lagoon Avenue and Sandpiper Lane areas.
“It’s heavily used and there are new walking trails for people to access the beach on the pass as well as the beach on the gulf front,” Bond said. “The cycle and pedestrian path was built along an existing right-of-way that follows the curve of the lagoon to the north of the new chalets that have been built there. It is an excellent connection between this parking lot and the fishing pier to the east.
“This is a neat little project that is going to have a big impact on the surrounding area and provide convenience and a point of access for people staying there or living in that area.”
Mayor Robert Craft said residents of these neighborhoods will have access to the beach via Little Lagoon Park.
“It’s really nice that we can get the people from this area to the beach without having to cross the road,” Craft said. “This path will take you down below the bridge and get to the beach much safer.”
• Adopted an update to the current city’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to meet the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program, in addition to applying the new FEMA FIRM cards of April 2019. The new cards will come into effect on April 19 and with the effective date of these cards, a new ordinance is required for each jurisdiction to remain NFIP compliant.
• Accepted a $ 1 million reimbursement from the Alabama Department of Transportation for city-managed traffic light improvements on County Road 6 and Alabama 59 and along Alabama 182 or beach road.
• Accepted a request from A Cab for a taxi franchise to operate in the city.
• Passed a resolution to authorize the signing of an agreement with RiverTree Systems, to provide tax audit services. The current three-year contract expires on April 24. There is no cost for the service, unless revenue owed to the city is discovered during an audit. Then the charge is then an hourly rate of $ 75. Over the existing three-year contract, the net income provided by RiverTree was $ 72,000.
• Amendments to the wireless telecommunications ordinances to add provisions for small cellular installations and to update the regulations for cell phone towers and equipment placed on cell phone towers to reflect practices, procedures and laws. existing.
• Authorization from the Ministry of Leisure and Cultural Affairs to start concluding contracts with musical artists for the 2020 winter entertainment series.
• OK’d A Public Reunion Permit for Bike MS: Beach Tour on September 21-22 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event will be headquartered at the Orange Beach Event Center, but part of the bike path goes through Gulf Shores.