Walton County Resumes Beach Restoration After months of Delays

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SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Beach restoration has resumed
after months of delays in Walton County, Florida.

Work began this weekend in South Walton, where sand was pumped
from the East Pass onto beaches. Officials say the rest of the beaches in the county should be finished by the middle of January.

In May, the project was put on hold by the US Army Corps of Engineers when several endangered sea turtles got caught in equipment and died during sand dredging. The Corps later reversed its decision, and the Tourist Development Council spent the past several weeks working out a contract with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock for work to restart.

The project covers about four miles of beach in Walton and two miles in Destin. The cost is almost $30 million.

The TDC is using state grant money and tourist bed-tax revenue to fund the project.

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