CRESTVIEW – The Okaloosa County Commission agreed Tuesday to notify the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the county’s intent to help pay for a feasibility study to look at ways to reduce damage from hurricanes and other storms.
The study is not expected to last more than three years or cost more than $3 million. The county’s share of the cost will not exceed $1.5 million in bed tax money, county officials said.
The study will evaluate the coastline from El Matador condominiums on Okaloosa Island east to the Walton County line. It will include an examination of what damages would occur to individual properties from any given storm.
County officials said while the study does not obligate the county to perform any projects, it must be completed for the county to have a federal funding partner for potential hurricane protection and storm damage reduction jobs.