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

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.

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

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.

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