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.
I am extremely proud that the 2013 beach renourishment was completed ahead of schedule, on budget, and without any major issues. The Vanderbilt Beach sector began on October 14th and was completed on November 14th with delivery of 89,927 tons. The Park Shore sector began on October 16th and was completed on December 6th with 122,500 tons delivered.