Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Update on Fort Pickens Access


Construction is underway and if all goes well, Fort Pickens near Pensacola should be accessible by car again later this spring.

The road leading down Santa Rosa Island to the historic fort was heavily damaged during Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis in 2004 and 2005 and do to the environmental sensitivity of the island and normal slowness with which the wheels of government move on such things, it has taken more than three years to get the reconstruction of the road underway.

Work began in the fall, however, and the latest update is that road access to the fort should be available again by spring.

Several water taxis currently operate to carry people across the bay to the fort from Pensacola.

To read more about Fort Pickens, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/fortpickens1 but watch over coming days for newly updated pages on the Civil War forts around Pensacola Bay. I'll post here to let you know as they come online.

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