Beach projects on center stage in Naples next week

— Some Collier County beachgoers will get an up-close view of a dredging project and beach tilling project for the next week or so, county inspectors say.

A dredging project at Doctors Pass in North Naples will be pumping sand off a barge off Lowdermilk Park this weekend, prompting the county to warn beachgoers this afternoon to stay clear of the discharge pipe.

The project, which began Thursday night, will be operating seven days a week, 24 hours a day, until March 25 or so, unless weather or equipment failures stop work, inspector Allen Madsen said.

Madsen said a beach tilling operation, a requirement of state beach renourishment permits, will comb stretches of the beach next week, starting Monday at Clam Pass, Seagate and Park Shore.

The work will start each day at 7 a.m. and work southward, continuing each day until the beach gets too crowded to work safely, Madsen said. The work is scheduled to end Friday south of the Naples Pier, he said.

The work must be done now, instead of off-season because of sea turtle nesting.

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