Bay access projects moving forward in Daphne, Spanish Fort

By Guy Busby

SPANISH FORT Projects to improve public access to Mobile Bay in Daphne and Spanish Fort can move forward with the approval of more than $3 million in federal funding.

The announcement by Gov. Kay Ivey of funding for 16 Baldwin and Mobile County projects through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act includes funding for a Causeway waterfront park and welcome center in Spanish Fort and the dredging of the DOlive Bay channel in Daphne.

Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said the projects will make local waters more accessible to residents and visitors.

The projects were announcing today will have a great impact on improving the public access to our waterfront and waterways, create some special places for outdoor recreation and provide critical information that is needed to protect and maintain our beautiful Mobile Bay and its tributaries, he said.

The city of Spanish Fort will receive $2.5 million to buy bayfront property on the south side of the Causeway. The land is now owned by the State Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The projects also include waterfront land acquisition and park development in Spanish Fort as the first step in the Spanish Fort Causeway master plan for public access, Blankenship said.

The city will pay the state $600,000 for the parcel, which was appraised at $660,000. The rest of the $2.5 million grant would be used to develop the site into....

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