Estate helps fund $300K landscaping project around iconic beach sign

Posted on November 3, 2017 by

The City of Gulf Breeze kicked off a gateway beautification project this week. The nearly $300,000 highway landscaping project is being partially funded by an estate bequest from the
late Jo Campbell Mix Nutt.

In addition, the City received funds from the Escambia County Board of Commissioners to enhance landscaping on SR 399 at the Bob Sykes Bridge.

The project addresses the US 98 medians from Daniel Drive to the light near the Gulf Breeze Hospital and SR 399 medians. Enhancement will also include beds around the iconic Pensacola Beach Sign.

During the concept phase of the project, design review included the local Driftwood Garden and Dogwood Garden Clubs in addition to Escambia County. The concept was conceived by
local garden clubs and designed by Watkins Acy Strunk Design, Inc. from Foley Alabama.

The new design includes replacement of older trees and aged beds. East Bay Landscaping will be upgrading the irrigation in addition to installing new live oaks and plants like miniature azaleas, coreopsis, grasses, and palms.

The project is slated to be completed by January 2018. Work will occur mostly during daytime hours. Any single lane closure will be conducted during low traffic, night-time hours.