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Gulf Breeze Stormwater Task Force created

SANTA ROSA COUNTY -- The newly formed Gulf Breeze Storm Water Task Force is already making recommendations to help prevent flooding conditions the area saw during April's flood.

The 13 member group has taken advice and input from experts, city staff and residents on the kinds of improvements that need to be made to the storm water system.

Ed Gray, chairman of Gulf Breeze's storm water task force is pleased with the progress the group has made so far.

"We need to come up with a way to discharge those ground water systems and free the neighborhoods of ground water so they have capacity for saturation" said Ed Gray, Gulf Breeze Storm Water Task Force.

The Gulf Breeze City Council has already budgeted for a storm water drainage project worth 1-point 8 million dollars.
Most of the task force's recommendations to improve the storm water system, essentially piggy back off of the city's storm water project already in the works, minimizing overall improvement cost.

"The cost to add to that system, I really can't tell you now, but certainly if it weren't for that project already ready to go it would be a lot more expensive" said Gray.

Some of the recommendations include new drainage and pumping equipment, upgrades to lift stations, and modifying some retention ponds in the city.
Some Gulf Breeze residents are pleased to see the Task Force isn't dragging their feet on the project.

"Especially with all the rain when it builds up it's so easy for things to flood because water just stays in the ground so it's easy for that kind of thing to happen again" said Makena Curtis, Gulf Breeze Resident.

"I think if we do wind up getting a hurricane it's going to be a huge benefit to get this stuff done" said Angela Kendrick, Gulf Breeze Resident.

The Gulf Breeze Storm Water Task Force will have one of its subcommittee meetings Thursday night at City Hall starting at 6 PM.