NAVARRE — Santa Rosa County has broken ground on a landscape beautification project for State Road 87 in Navarre to enhance the heart of Navarre tourism corridor for visitors and residents alike. The task area encompasses two sections of State Road 87, from U.S Highway 98 north to Laredo St. and East Bay Blvd. north to River Road. 

Work has begun on the installation of an irrigation system. Irrigation work will take approximately six weeks with planting scheduled for July. The landscaping design includes perennial peanut as groundcover as well as added landscape beds featuring crepe myrtles, cabbage palms, pindo palms, loropetalum, drift rose, saw palmetto and pink muhly grass. The project is expected to be completed by September. 

"These enhancements will complement the natural beauty of Navarre and serve to improve the sense of arrival for first-time and returning guests," said Commissioner Rob Williamson. "I will continue looking for ways to improve our public areas as my District 4 neighbors have requested." 

Funded by a $525,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, the project is the fourth of its kind in south Santa Rosa County.