GULF BREEZE — Following approval by the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners Thursday, the engineering department can move forward on five storm water drainage projects in the Pace/Pea Ridge area. These are projects are in various stages of development.

Pace Patriot /Tiburon Drainage Basin – The Board will advertise for a request for qualifications for engineering consultant services for the $3.1 million project.
Metron Estates Drainage Basin – The county will complete engineering design and permitting with in-house personnel for this $3.3 million project.
Floridatown Drainage Basin – The Florida Department of Transportation and the county have pursued storm water mitigation projects to address repeated flooding of this area for decades, according to the county. The county will re-establish and maintain existing storm water ditches, culverts, inlets, and outfalls. It will also look for opportunities to increase how much water the drainage system can handle. Researching the feasibility of property acquisition to support storm water mitigation is part of the plan, too.
Maranatha Way/Chipper Lane HMGP Drainage Project – The county will proceed with completion of this $1.32 million Hazard Mitigation Grant Program drainage project. Engineering design is complete and property acquisition is underway.
Pace Lane/ Patterson Lane HMGP Drainage Project – The county is also going forward with completion of this $1.5 million Hazard Mitigation Grant Program drainage project. SRC received confirmation the state will fund construction of this $1.5 million project this fall.

“Items four and five are not new items,” Commission Chairman Rob Williamson said. “They were items that were already included in the Local Option Sales Tax budget. So that’s not new incremental revenue. Those are part of the recommendations from engineering that were already ongoing.”