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Pollard boat landing project hits a snag – again

The Pollard Boat Landing project has hit another stumbling block and isn’t expected to be open until September.

Escambia County Engineer Bill Bridges said Monday contract negotiations between the state department of conservation and contractors is taking longer than expected.

“So, I’ve been told that the parking lot work will begin in August,” Bridges said. “It will take a few more weeks to get the final contract in place, so with that said,  crews will push the ramp in at the end of July, assuming the delivery order for concrete arrives on time and the weather permits.”

Bridges said that work will take approximately 20 days, which end construction at the end of August.

“But there is a bit of curing time needed, so it won’t open until mid-September,” he said. “We will have to close it a bit in October to install some rip rap, but that won’t be complicated.”

In other business, the commission:

• re-appointed Diane Saloom, Magdalene Marshall, Joe Elliot and Nancy Helton to the county’s department of human resources board.

•  approved a resolution approving an state department of transportation agreement for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to apply for a Transportation Alternative Programs grant to install new sidewalks. All funding will be provided by the tribe, Chairman Raymond Wiggins said.