The Waterfront District is exactly where you would expect it to be. Midtown and the West End are also pretty self-explanatory.
The yellow District to the right is the Neighborhood District. It was originally named the Transition District even though it won’t technically be a district like the others. It’s main purpose is to be a buffer for conflicting land uses. After a proposal to change it to the “Neighborhood District”, it was agreed upon.
And then there is the District in the very middle that we all know as “Downtown”. This is the core of the new plan and the heart of the City. The presentation referred to it as the Miracle District as kind of a nod to Miracle Strip Parkway, but after some discussion, it was changed to the Downtown District.
And I think it makes perfect sense.
The new bridge is fully funded and there are a lot of things that will begin to happen in Downtown Fort Walton. The Landing is set to undergo some major changes throughout 2019 and there will be some short-term solutions for parking put into place.
It might feel like a war zone for a little bit but overall, big (and much needed) change is coming.