Residents who live near a hotel being built in Fort Walton Beach woke up Friday morning to find pieces of Styrofoam blowing down from the construction site. City officials said the contractor will clean up the remaining mess.
FORT WALTON BEACH – Remaining pieces of Styrofoam building materials that blew down in recent days from the Tru Hotel by Hilton being built on U.S. Highway 98 will be cleaned up by the contractor, city spokesman Doug Rainer said.
By Monday morning, residents had cleaned up much of the mess that littered their properties near the project site. The hotel is at 207 Miracle Strip Parkway SW, which formerly contained the Dolphin Inn.
A resident of the 200 West Condominiums across the street from the hotel said in an email to the Daily News on Monday morning that she and her neighbors “woke up to a snow shower of Styrofoam on Friday morning and it’s been snowing ever since.”
She said the hotel is in the stucco phase “and there is Styrofoam everywhere. The streets are littered with large chunks and small particles of Styrofoam are in our houses, patios, cars, etc. Apparently, the people doing the work have no concept of environmental protection/hazards or they just don’t care.”
Late Monday morning, chunks of Styrofoam were seen scattered just east of the construction site, while scores of pebble-sized pieces of Styrofoam were spotted on the ground next to the parking lot at the 200 West Condominiums.
Rainer said city officials first heard about the issue from the contractor.
“The contractor reached out to our staff to let us know about the issue and to let us know they will clean it up,” Rainer said Monday morning.
Note: The initial version of this story incorrectly listed the building contractor as H&T Contractors of Freeport. H&T performed groundwork at the project site.