Crews transported and distributed sand along the beach near Park Shore Beach Park in Naples on Friday, November 1, as part of Collier County’s multi-million dollar beach renourishment project.
Naples Daily News
Naples will get more sand on its shores this fall.
Collier County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a $2 million truck haul and beach renourishment project for a stretch of Naples Beach from Doctors Pass to north of Lowdermilk Park.
The truck haul, which will bring 35,000 cubic yards of sand to the beach, is scheduled for November 2020, according to the county.
The county hopes to begin work Nov. 1 and finish the project by Thanksgiving, Coastal Zone Manager Gary McAlpin told the Tourist Development Council at a public meeting last week.
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Crews transport sand as part of Collier County’s multimillion dollar beach renourishment project near Park Shore Beach Park in Naples on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (Photo: Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY – FLORIDA NETWORK, Alex Driehaus)
No beach closures are expected during the renourishment project, McAlpin told the Daily News.
This stretch of beach south of Doctors Pass was partially renourished about two years ago, McAlpin said.
The sand placement should renourish the section of beach until the next time Doctors Pass is dredged and that sand can be placed south of the pass, according to the county’s explanation of the project.
Sand for renourishing the beach will come from a mine in Immokalee, McAlpin said.
Trucks are expected to travel along Corkscrew Road and Alico Road to reach Interstate 75, McAlpin said. From there, trucks will travel south on I-75 on their way to Lowdermilk Park and then down the beach to Doctors Pass.
McAlpin told the TDC that the beaches are monitored every year. During this year’s survey, the stretch south of Doctors Pass did not meet criteria for beach width.
“We’ve had erosion in this area, so we’ve lost beach width and we’ve also lost beach volume,” McAlpin said.
Another survey of county beaches will be performed in January 2021, McAlpin said. At that time, the county will consider other areas for renourishment, he said.
Funds for the project will be provided by the tourist development tax on short-term rental and hotel stays, according to the county’s agenda.
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Sand travels along a conveyor belt to be spread along the beach as part of Collier County’s multimillion dollar beach renourishment project near Park Shore Beach Park in Naples on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (Photo: Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY – FLORIDA NETWORK, Alex Driehaus)
Funds will cover the cost of items such as engineering design, purchasing sand, transporting and distributing sand, traffic maintenance and shorebird monitoring, according to the county.
This story will be updated.
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