MARCO ISLAND — It may be August before permits to dredge a section of Collier Creek are approved. Collier County is spearheading the emergency dredging of the creek entrance in the Hideaway Beach section of Marco Island.
Under the plan, 10 -12 cubic yards of sand will be moved and replaced between markers H12 and H 13.5, said city environmental specialist Nancy Richie at a meeting of the Beach Advisory Committee on Thursday. Once the permits are secured, the project should take 12 weeks.
Permits for long-term re-nourishment and t-groin project are also being sought. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has agreed to allow a modified biological opinion for the project, instead of requiring an entirely new survey, which has cost-saving implications.
Also at the meeting, Richie told advisory board members that plans to build a boardwalk at Tigertail beach have been delayed until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approves new flood maps of the area.
A month and a half into sea turtle nesting season, community spotters says there are currently 29 nests on the island. According to Richie, most homes and businesses have complied with rules to restrict lighting after dark. Artificial light is detrimental to female sea turtles that can become disoriented while nesting, and the bright light attracts hatchlings drawing them towards the hazards of populated areas instead of to the sea.
On a recent check, only six properties were violating a 9 p.m. curfew to turn off outdoor lights or shield lighting to dampen its brightness. When made aware of the violation, Richie said the property owners quickly rectified the problem.