- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Gulf Shores’ public beachfront is getting a makeover.

Phase one of a $15 million revitalization project will begin Nov. 7, with a completion date in late March or April.

WALA-TV (https://bit.ly/2eGQDGc) reports crews began removing palm trees, sidewalks and other items from the beach Tuesday to make way for contractors to begin work on the Gulf Place Beach Revitalization project.

Gulf Shores spokesman Grant Brown said the project will include improved parking, a public safety building and a revitalized beachfront boardwalk for better pedestrian access to the beach.

The project is part of the city’s Vision 2025 plan which was adopted in 2014 for the Gulf Beach District. The goal is to create a safe and accessible destination for families while enhancing the overall beach going experience.

“I think it’s just wonderful. I think after this gets done.the new place, I think it’s going to look wonderful and I think a lot of people are going to come here,” said Sue Clampitt, who was enjoying the beach on Tuesday.

“I think it’s awesome,” agreed Jill Bass. “I’ve been here before and you know, just walking down there, it’s hard to get down there in the sand, but I think it would be awesome.”

Because the project is being done in three phases over a three-year period, the public will always have an open beach to go to. Construction will take place over five months, but it’s important that it stays on schedule because of many big events scheduled in the spring.

“A good example is the National Volleyball Championship in early May. Well, directly behind the National Volleyball Championship, we have Hangout Music Festival. Behind that is the Memorial Day kickoff to the summer,” Brown said.

The first phase of the project will cost the city nearly $4.5 million. That money will come from a combination of bond sales and the city’s general fund.

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Information from: WALA-TV, https://www.fox10tv.com/

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