Some popular Collier County beaches are getting a $2.7 million make-over. On Monday, trucks began hauling sand from Stewart Mine in Immokalee to three unloading stations at 17th Avenue South, 3rd Avenue North and Lowdermilk Park. The nearly 79-ton sand replacement project is in response to beach erosion caused by Tropical Storm Debbie, which hit the coast in late June of 2012. The funding for the project comes from FEMA.
A new Collier beach renourishment project begins Monday, but the trucks will take a different route than last time. The $2.5 million project is smaller than the county’s 2013 project and trucks carrying sand from an inland mine will avoid a congested stretch of Corkscrew Road.
On October 28, 2014 the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the Naples Beach Renourishment Project. Contract 14-6354 was awarded to Phillips and Jordan, Inc. to provide and haul sand to the Naples Beach. Stewart Mining in Immokalee will provide sand for this project which is currently being stockpiled.
Collier County is set to begin another, smaller, beach renourishment project in November using truck hauls from an inland sand mine. The work will patch sections of beach washed away when Tropical Storm Debby passed Southwest Florida June 2012.
The coast is clear at Collier County beaches with the final renourishment project of the winter completed at Pelican Bay. “We’ve finished. The (sand) hauling was completed Tuesday,” said Gary McAlpin, director of Collier County government’s Coastal Zone Management office.