Dredging company returning to Doctors Pass to finish incomplete job

— Surveyors have found that a dredging company missed about 16,000 cubic yards of sand the company was supposed to remove from Doctors Pass in Naples last month.

Subaqueous Services LLC wil return to the North Naples inlet Sunday to finish the job, but weather might delay work to set up the dredging equipment until Thursday, the county's coastal zone management director Gary McAlpin said this afternoon.

Collier County hired the company for $1.6 million to remove almost 50,000 cubic yards of sand from Wiggins Pass and 36,000 cubic yards of sand from Doctors Pass.

The company blamed malfunctioning survey equipment for failing to report accurate depths during the dredging at Doctors Pass. An independent follow-up survey, required by county policies, caught the mistake, the county reported this afternoon.

The new dredging, which will be done at no additional cost to the county, will take about 10 days to finish. Sand will be placed at Lowdermilk Park but will be placed north of the park over the Easter weekend to accommodate the holiday crowd.

Unless the sand is removed from Doctors Pass, the county would have to dredge the pass a year earlier than the regular four-year dredge cycle, according to the county.

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