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Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Due to extensive structural damage, Gulf Islands National Seashore will begin the removal of the Star Pavilion at Rosamond Johnson Beach on Monday, June 11, 2018. A portion of the Johnson Beach parking lot will be closed during the demolition and paving. All work will be completed on or before Friday, June 29, 2018.
The Star Pavilion has been cordoned off for the past several months and will be removed due to extensive termite damage. Although the National Park Service explored several options, ultimately it was determined the facility would be removed. In its evaluation, the Park Service found that sufficient pavilion space exists at two larger pavilions at Johnson Beach and repairing or replacing the Star Pavilion and its long-term maintenance were cost prohibitive.
Once removed, the area will be repaved and 39-50 parking spaces will be added, the spaces will include up to six new handicap parking spaces, alleviating parking issues at the swim beach. “The Star Pavilion at Johnson Beach is a popular facility and we’re sad to see it removed, but it has become too dangerous for continued use, and the cost to replace it isn’t justified when other pavilions have sufficient capacity” said Superintendent Dan Brown. He continued, “By removing the damaged pavilion, we can provide better service to our visitors through increased parking and focused maintenance of the remaining pavilions.”
The current pavilion was constructed in 2006 after the original, much larger Star Pavilion was destroyed by Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. Gulf Islands National Seashore has a $68 million deferred maintenance backlog, and has been tasked with evaluating each of its facilities to determine the sustainability of long-term maintenance, repairs, and replacement costs.
The removal of the Star Pavilion is part of a larger rededication to the park’s Perdido Key Area. In March 2018 a full time facility maintenance employee was assigned to the area and commissioned law enforcement Park Ranger will soon be assigned as well. Long term efforts will result in better visitor experience, resource protection, and facilities management.
About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS, and Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.