Community Budget Issue Requests - Tracking Id #166FY0001

LaGrange Bayou Public Barge Port












Tom Powell


Walton County











Project Title:

LaGrange Bayou Public Barge Port

Date Submitted:

2/9/01 3:18:57 PM












Charlie Clary














Statewide Interest:

allow for access and a link to economy in Walton county













Walton County Board of County Commissioners


Tom Powell


P O Box 1260

Contact Phone:

(850) 892-0555



DeFuniak Springs 32435

















Bay, Hamilton, Okaloosa, Walton, Washington














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Project Description:








The LaGrange Bayou/Four Mile Creek waterway near the City of Freeport is vital to the economy of Walton County.  The waterway is in dire need of dredging if it is to continue to serve the water based industries located along its shores.  A lack of adequate spoil sites is hindering the Army Corps of Engineers from proceeding with the dredging of the facility.  This project would provide for the needed dredging of the waterway and a public barge port on the Intracoastal Waterway to serve the Walton, Okaloosa, Bay, Holmes and Washington Counties area.  Requested funds would allow Walton County to purchase approximately 175 acres of land at two sites along the LaGrange Bayou/Four Mile Creek waterway.  125 acres of the land would be used for dedicated spoil sites for the dredged material.  50 acres of waterfront land would be used for the port facility.












Measurable Outcome Anticipated:






New county taxes: $1,788,000 per year.  Retained county taxes: $1,001,280 per year.  Total county tax benefit: $2,789,280 per year.  State tax revenue impact is not known.











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Was this project previously funded by the State?














Is future-year funding likely to be requested?













Purpose for future year funding:


Recurring Operations



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Was this project included in an Agency's Budget Request?




Was this project included in the Governor's Recommended Budget?













Is there a documented need for this project?






Project was previously submitted to FDOT for Governor's Fast Track Transportation Initiative Program











Was this project request heard before a publicly noticed meeting of a body of elected officials (municipal, county, or state)?




Hearing Body:

Walton County Board of County Commissioners


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