Seawall Restoration Project in Jeopardy After Transportation Sales Tax Repeal
TAMPA – The Annals of This All for Transportation State Sales tax has Postponed yet the Following Job – That the Palmetto Beach Seawall Restoration Project.
Nearly $6 million has been needed to fix the deteriorating seawall.
Plans have been in the functions and about the publications by the city of Tampa to fix the sterile century-old seawall across Bermuda Boulevard. Now residents are still asking, what’s the hold up?
“You may observe the cracks,” said Thomas Reynolds.
Four generations of Reynolds’ family have lived, walked and worked across McKay Bay.
“Even the rebar is exposed, it is rotting, it is possible to break off chunks of it together with your own hands,” he adds.
The problem has come up before. The Seawall project was approved at the City of Tampa’s budget and master strategy for replacement with revenue coming from the currently defunct All State Tax. City engineers are currently searching for alternative financing. Reynolds explains what has residents most worried is property harm.
“The seawall will crack and Bermuda Boulevard will crumble into McKay Bay and that is really our last barricade before homes and everything else begins to be affected,” added Reynolds.
Reynolds says talks about repairs have come up over the last 20 years and now time is running out. He says it’s become a safety hazard.
Sinkholes have evolved as a consequence of the uncertainty of this wall. Reynolds says the city is at the top of repairing that harm, but general financing is needed to repair the origin of the issue.
“It is desparately needed to maintain our hidden gem vibrant, and a place that people wish to see,” he said.
An agent with the city says aims are still in the works to restore the seawall. They declined to go into further detail about how and when these changes will happen.