Dedication a test
for new seawall
Neither rain nor chill nor choppy bay kept officialdom from its appointed ceremonies Friday afternoon, dedicating a stretch of seawall south of the Bridge of Lions, reconstructed to deal with such weather.
Federal, state and local officials cancelled a walk along the length of St. Augustine's historic seawall, choosing to gather under a tent for ceremonies at the Municipal Marina.
The original 170-year-old coquina seawall is still there (at left in photo), now protected by a new barrier twelve feet into the bay, the span filled with a promenade.
The two year $6.325 million project was funded with 25% from the city and 75% from the Florida and Federal Emergency Management Agencies, Flood Mitigation Assistance Program and a Congressional appropriation.
The dedication marked the end of a 15-year effort by the city following Hurricane Floyd in 1999. It was Tropical Storm Faye in 2008 that qualified the city for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant program.
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