GULF BREEZE — Due to extensive structural damage caused by termites, Gulf Islands National Seashore will begin the removal of the Star Pavilion at Rosamond Johnson Beach on Monday

A portion of the Johnson Beach parking lot will be closed during the demolition and paving. All work will be completed on or before June 29, according to a press release from the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

The Star Pavilion has been cordoned off for the past several months.

Although the National Park Service explored several options, ultimately it was determined the facility would be removed. In its evaluation, the Park Service found that sufficient pavilion space exists at two larger pavilions at Johnson Beach and repairing or replacing the Star Pavilion and its long-term maintenance were cost-prohibitive.

Once removed, the area will be repaved and 39-50 parking spaces, including six with handicap access, will be added. 

“The Star Pavilion at Johnson Beach is a popular facility and we’re sad to see it removed, but it has become too dangerous for continued use, and the cost to replace it isn’t justified when other pavilions have sufficient capacity” said Superintendent Dan Brown.

The current pavilion was constructed in 2006 after the original, much larger Star Pavilion was destroyed by hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.

Gulf Islands National Seashore has a $68 million deferred maintenance backlog, and has been tasked with evaluating each of its facilities to determine the sustainability of long-term maintenance, repairs, and replacement costs.