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"Living Shoreline Project"

OKALOOSA COUNTY   --  An Okaloosa County park will now be the site of what's called a "Living Shoreline Project'.

County leaders approved funding for the project last night.
 It's a way to fight erosion without building seawalls or dredging sand.
   
Veteran's Park sits on Choctawhatchee Bay, near the Emerald Coast Convention Center.
   
County leaders say the shoreline there suffers from chronic erosion.
Now, a series of of oyster shell breakwaters will be built to absorb energy from the waves.

Jim Trifilio/Coastal Mgmt. Coordinator "And then the area closer to the shore, with that lower wave energy, now it's able to support growth of seagrass and other wetland type of plants"

Along with shoreline stabilization, they will add a "T" dock to a nearby floating Breakwater Dock.

There will also be a boardwalk running the length of the park.
Total cost of the project is estimated between three and five million dollars.