After years of effort to secure a county boat launch in the Lillian area, commissioners said last week they expect to seek bids on building the facility
Plans call for a gravel parking area and paved launch with docks, a pier and recreational areas on Perdido Bay south of U.S. 98, according to county records. Officials secured $500,000 in BP PLC grant funds to help pay for the construction. Dredging near the launch site is included in the plan, records show.
The BP money was intended to help local governments respond to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill or to upgrade response capabilities for any future disasters, commissioners said, so some of the money originally marked for oil boom was changed to the Lillian construction project last year.