City Partners with Tampa Bay Watch on Maximo Park Living Shoreline Project

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City of St. Petersburg Partners with Tampa Bay Watch on Maximo Park Living Shoreline Project

Volunteers and staff will be installing oyster reef balls and shell bags along the southern shoreline of Maximo Park

July 8, 2024 – The City of St. Petersburg, in collaboration with Tampa Bay Watch, is excited to announce the Maximo Park Living Shoreline Project, scheduled to take place from July 9-11, 2024. This project aims to enhance coastal resilience and environmental health through the installation of oyster reef balls and shell bags along the southern shoreline of Maximo Park, Pinellas Point Dr. S &, Sunshine Skyway Ln S.

Volunteers and City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation staff will help to install hundreds of oyster reef balls and shell bags. The project intends to create a robust living shoreline spanning 7,842 square feet, strategically positioned to mitigate erosion, protect cultural artifacts, restore coastal habitats, and enhance water quality in the area.

"This project underscores our dedication to sustainable coastal management," said Allison Mihalich, Director of the City of St. Petersburg's Office of Sustainability & Resilience. "Partnering with Tampa Bay Watch allows us to protect our shorelines, enhance biodiversity, and improve water quality. It's a significant step toward a resilient and thriving coastal ecosystem, and we are proud to engage the community in this vital effort."

The Maximo Park Living Shoreline Project represents a significant step towards sustainable coastal management. By harnessing natural materials and community involvement, the initiative not only fortifies the shoreline against erosion but also promotes biodiversity and improves water quality, benefitting both local ecosystems and communities. Upcoming in the Maximo Park Living Shoreline Project, native coastal plants will be planted for upland restoration.

More information about Tampa Bay Watch's restoration efforts can be found at tampabaywatch.org.