Previously completed improvements include reconstruction of the Historic Fruit Stand, completion of a living shoreline along the Lagoon, reconstruction of the dock and overlook, and repairs to the Cottage and Jones House after Hurricane Matthew flooding which restored both to pre-storm condition. The Cottage has been converted to a Student/Volunteer “Wet Lab” complete with a small lab kitchen, work space, meeting space, and storage. Currently, the larger project’s public use improvements are being finalized by the contractor and are undergoing final site inspections and approval by the County, Engineers/Architect of Record, and other permitting agencies. The saltmarsh wetland plantings are being augmented and the wetland is now connected to the Indian River Lagoon as designed with the screw pump. Some in situ modifications will be completed in the next 30-60 days to include a weir structure at the outfall and sumps at each of the culvert openings to assist with removing sedimentation before the waters enter the saltmarsh wetland. The screw pump has been running for approximately 6 months acclimating the new plantings and converting the freshwater (groundwater/rainwater from construction) to the brackish water associated with the Lagoon. Approximately 10,000 native plants have been installed by contractors, staff, and volunteers throughout the property. Pricing for site access control fencing and other safety fencing is currently being obtained and will be installed as soon as possible. Educational signage is being developed in house and a local artist has been hired to complete educational renderings of the wetland and other site amenities for educational purposes. Staff is currently working with Indian River State College and other schools/agencies to conduct baseline sampling in the wetland and have been conducting educational programming on-site with students. Staff has also met with various groups to determine feasibility of a native plant nursery and community garden as shown on the site plan. As the larger site development is being completed by the contractor, County staff initiated the bid process for the elevation of the Jones House and will be finalizing the interpretive center design and renovation plans for the exterior/interior of the Jones House to be scheduled after the elevation work has been completed. Prior to opening, site amenities including picnic tables, benches, bicycle racks, and educational signage will be installed in preparation for opening the site to the public.