Taylor County Commissioners approve renovations

Posted at 3:45 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 23:53:14-04

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - In Taylor county, commissioners approved measures to make several improvements across the county.

Commissioners are making progress on projects for the seas and skies of Taylor County.

The board approved three grants for the airport, totaling more than $600,000. The funds will be used to redesign airplane taxiways and bring them into compliance with Federal Aviation Association Guidelines. They’ll also removing trees obstructing airspace and replace lighting fixtures that haven’t been changed since the airport was first built.

"All three projects are targeted to pilot safety," said Melody Cox, director of administration for the Perry Foley Airport. "That’s our number one priority here is pilot safety. And to develop the airport where pilots know that we have a good place to come, that it’s safe, that it’s easy in and easy out.”

Commissioners also voted to fund their efforts to restore the Keaton Beach Pier.

"It’s just been kind of out there sitting in ruins for the past few years," said Evan Snow, a charter captain in Taylor County. "I know they got a crane docked up beside it now and they should be getting started rebuilding it prettty soon. People would go out there, kids, and people would go and fish off of it, sit there and watch the sunset and stuff."

The Keaton Beach pier was a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike before it was washed out by Hurricane hermine in 2016.

Reconstruction began April 30 after several delays. FEMA is covering 75 percent of the costs, and the state is pitching in 12.5 percent. In Tuesday's unanimous vote, the commission awarded a bid for covering the remaining $862,000 of repair to D&L Contracting.

Construction is scheduled to be completed before the start of scallop season.