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Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project

The Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project is a large scale living shoreline to be constructed in southwestern Pensacola Bay. Project goals include the creation of approximately 20,000 linear feet of emergent and submerged reef breakwaters and 200 acres of emergent marsh and submerged aquatic vegetation habitat. The Project includes three distinct segments: Site A – White Island, Site B – Naval Air Station Pensacola Eastern Shore, and Site C – Sherman Inlet at NAS Pensacola. Please reference the Project Location Map below.

Project design has been funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection via the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council from RESTORE Act Pot 2 funding, and by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity through a Defense Infrastructure Grant. The Project will not only create and restore aquatic habitat, it will also enhance the coastal resilience of the surrounding community and NAS Pensacola.

Living shorelines enhance coastal resilience and address erosion by providing long-term protection, reducing wave energy and restoring vegetated shoreline habitats through strategic placement of plants, rock, and oyster reefs. Living shorelines also stabilize sediment, improve water quality, and enhance habitats for oysters, fish, shrimp, crabs, birds, sea turtles and other estuarine species. 

Escambia County is pleased to partner with Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and community stakeholders to implement this critically important coastal resilience project. 

Watch a video tour of the Pensacola Living Shoreline Project online here


Milestone Date Notes

Last Updated:

Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project 60% Design Update

In February 2020, Escambia County and the project team hosted a community workshop to review conceptual design alternatives for the Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project. Conceptual designs, preliminary engineering, and public comments are captured and addressed in the Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project Basis of Design Report, available in the files section below.

Since then, the project team has completed required in-field data collection and the 30% design. Project concepts incorporated into the 30% design were selected based on project goals, site conditions, regulatory guidance, and public input. The 30% design video update can be viewed below. Public comments received following completion of 30% design has been taken in to consideration with 60% design development.

60% design was completed in May 2021. The 60% design video update can be viewed below. Escambia County greatly appreciates community input into development of the overall project design. Comments received at this time will be taken into consideration as 60% is advanced to 100% design. 

Current Status
- Basis of Design Report: Complete
- 30% Design: Complete
- 60% Design: Complete
- Modeling: Complete
- 100% Design: Ongoing
- Permitting: Ongoing
- Construction: To be determined

  • Shoreline along Sherman Inlet Area
  • nas-shoreline-project-map
  • Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project Location Photograph at NAS
Project Manager:
Terri Berry

Office Phone:
Volkert Inc./South Coast Engineers
District #:
District 2
CRA District:
Safe Neighborhood District:
Funding Sources:
L.O.S.T., State Grant, Federal Grant
Sponsoring Division:
NESD - Water Quality

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