The city has made major improvements to River Run Marina on Blackwater River and has more upgrades in the works — additional boat slips, a dumping station and a fuel pump where boaters can fill their tanks.
It is seeking approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a plan to add 10 slips, creating a total of 23. The first 13 already have been overhauled and security lights installed. Some slips were so dilapidated they were drooping into the water. They’re now available for rent for $125 a month with a one-year contract.
An engineering study will help decide if the marina building should be renovated or razed and replaced with a new structure.
The marina was purchased in a joint arrangement with the City of Milton and the Tourist Development Council.
With new slips and the engineering study, the marina will become more attractive to developers who may invest in the area, adding businesses and jobs to Milton.
Look for a final report in July on recommendations to find more public uses for the Blackwater River, from Carpenter’s Park all the way to Bagdad. The two communities share history and a great waterway, so a consultant will map out ways to capitalize on these opportunities for both tourists and local residents.
This study is being financed with funding from both the City of Milton and the Tourist Development Council as officials work together to bring more opportunities to the region.
Finding your way around Milton can be tough, especially for newcomers and tourists, but help is on the way.
The City of Milton is developing a signage program that will help motorists and pedestrians to more easily navigate the streets and find their destinations.