By Marlene "Myke" Atwater, GRI, ABR, SFR, Military Spec.
(REI (Real Estate International, Inc.))
Okaloosa County and the U.S. Coast Guard have developed a boom plan for the Destin Pass that could be the best oil deflection strategy on the Gulf Coast. But it will be later in the week at best before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues the permit required for the booms to be deployed. The new plan was devised this weekend after the Coast Guard ordered the removal of booms set in its navigable waters.The most recent plan calls for permanent pilings fitted with flashing lights to be constructed at strategic points within the Destin Pass and boom to be extended 400 feet from the shoreline to the piling. It is hoped any Deepwater Horizon oil residue carried into the pass will be pushed by the prevailing currents into the catch basins formed by the chevron shaped booming.