Hideaway Beach erosion project preparations underway

Maria Lamb
Special to the Sun Times

The dredging barge finally arrived last week and is now anchored close to the near-shore borrow area off Hideaway Beach.

Crews are making preparations for the Hideaway Beach renourishment project. This view is looking south down the beach from the South Seas condo.

The dredge will excavate 30,000 cubic yards sand for Marco’s Central Beach, which will be pumped through 22,000 feet of 16-inch pipes to a location on the Gulf side of the South Seas Tower.

Meanwhile, at the beach, bulldozers, graders and dump trucks are digging up sand and delivering it to areas of the beach to raise the elevation and provide positive drainage.

A bulldozer digs sand and places it along the
dune line to increase the slope for better drainage.

This will hopefully correct the problem of puddling and algae formation during the rainy season.

Looking south from South Seas condo tower No. 4 on Marco Island.

According to Keith Ayres, project supervisor for Gator Dredging, the actual pumping of sand is scheduled to begin next week.

When it does, it will be a 24/7 operation.