City of Gulf Shores purchases 53 acres on Little Lagoon

Staff Report
Posted 10/23/19

The City of Gulf Shores has purchased 53 acres on Little Lagoon with the intentions of protection and restoration. Purchased with funding from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), the …

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City of Gulf Shores purchases 53 acres on Little Lagoon

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The City of Gulf Shores has purchased 53 acres on Little Lagoon with the intentions of protection and restoration. Purchased with funding from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), the property has 6,100 feet of shoreline and significant areas of dunes, wetlands and other critical habitat. Protection of this natural area will serve to enhance water quality and habitat for the Little Lagoon watershed while providing passive public recreation opportunities.

Gulf Shores has been working with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as part of the NRDA process related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to identify projects that will restore and protect natural resources that were impacted by the spill.

The primary focus of the restoration work will be on enhancing critical habitat including dunes, wetlands and submerged aquatic vegetation. Facilities to support low-impact recreation opportunities may include a kayak launch, interpretive boardwalk and restrooms. The City will host public meetings at the outset of the design process to gather input from local stakeholders and interested residents.