MARCO ISLAND — Staging began on Marco Island last week for Hideaway Beach’s sand renourishment and erosion control. Dredges and pipes have been placed in the area to prepare for pumping sand.
The sand will be placed on the north end of Hideaway Beach near the water line. From there it will be distributed to areas in front of the 5000 and 6000 buildings to replace sand that has washed down the Marco River and into Collier Creek.
Replacement sand for the project will come from a field just off the beach up to and possibly including the tip of Sand Dollar Island. Shifting sand has moved the island’s exposed area eastward, so the tip may no longer be part of protected lands.
On Thursday, the Hideaway Beach Special Tax District Board decided to consult with Michael Poff of Coastal Engineering Consultants to determine just how far its borrow area extends. A borrow area is the reservoir from which sand is permitted to be pumped to meet approved cubic yard beach volume.
If the tip of Sand Dollar Island is within the template, the project may use the sand for renourishment.
On March 18, Marco Island City Council approved a $500,000 short-term note for the gated community, supplying the last piece of the project’s required financing. The note is expected to be repaid by Feb. 1, 2014, and carries an interest rate of 2.5 percent.
The project’s second phase will be completed with three erosion abatement T-groins. Collier County gave Hideaway Beach a grant of $350,000, or about one-third of the cost, for T-groins 17, 18 and 19.
As part of the agreement, the county will own 38 percent of the groins and agreed to 38 percent of future maintenance. Existing T-groins along Hideaway Beach are owned by the county.
All other money for the project will come from the taxing district’s Municipal Service Taxing Unit. The fund has collected $838,678 to date in fiscal year 2013. Guillermo
Polanco, city finance director, said the board could anticipate another $100,000. He calculated the amount based on income from the MSTU in the second six months of fiscal year 2012.
The board approved up to $10,000 to contract with the county for additional turtle monitoring. Morning checks and work clearances are required to allow work to begin at 7 a.m.
The board was concerned that the city’s one sea turtle monitor could be busy in the mornings with the south beach renourishment project. To avoid delay, the board felt it needed to supplement monitoring through the county.
Nancy Richie, city environmental specialist, reported work on relocating mangroves had begun. Spraying herbicides allowed through environmental permits would take place within a week on a wind-free day, she said.
The first on-site construction meeting will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, between the 5000 and 6000 buildings. The next meeting of the board is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, May 9, in the first floor conference room of City Hall, 50 Bald Eagle Drive.