Okaloosa County approves $5.5 million contract for VPS upgrades.

SHALIMAR — During Tuesday’s Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the county approved a $5,517,191 construction contract with Whitesell-Green Inc. to construct shade canopies and refurbish existing walkways at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS).

Here’s what we know:

What’s coming to the airport?

Deputy Director of the Airport Department Chad Rogers noted that the primary benefit of the project would be to let passengers at the airport be covered and protected from the elements on what Rogers calls the secondary curb.

Plans showing the new covered walkways that are planned for Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

The secondary benefits will include passenger safety, with replacements to existing walkways and measures to divert traffic to the secondary curb to alleviate congestion near the terminal. This project also will rehabilitate the existing covered walkways that lead to the employee parking lot and other lots on property.

Will this project affect the planned parking structure?

Commissioner Nathan Boyles asked if the project would need to be altered if there was future expansion, such as the planned parking structure at VPS.


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