Collier leaders OK $5.5 million beach renourishment project; truck hauling to start this fall
Collier County commissioners on Tuesday gave the green light to a $5.5 million beach renourishment project that will send sand-hauling trucks to three beaches starting this fall.
Commissioners unanimously approved the project, which will bring between 120,000 and 130,000 cubic yards of sand from a mine in Immokalee to Clam Pass, North Park Shore and Park Shore beaches over a two-month period. The expected start date for the project is Nov. 1.
The beach renourishment project will span 2.5 miles of shoreline, starting south of Clam Pass, and has an expected life of five years, assuming no exceptional storms, hurricanes or unexpected weather conditions.
Funding for the project will come from the tourist development tax fund. It will cover, among other things, the cost of sand, transportation from the sand mine to two beach unloading sites, traffic maintenance and shorebird monitoring.
Collier coastal projects manager Gary McAlpin said the county will work with Lee County and the city of Naples to find appropriate routes for the sand-hauling trucks.
“We’ll work with them to get something that we could all agree on and live with,” he said, adding that there are “plenty of routes” the county could take as alternatives.
Preliminary plans have the trucks traveling along Corkscrew and Alico Roads in Lee, before heading south on Interstate 75. From there the trucks would drive along Pine Ridge Road and Seagate Drive to Seagate Beach, as well as along Golden Gate Parkway to Horizon Way via Harbour Drive and Park Shore Drive.
Commissioners, at the end of a lengthy commission meeting Tuesday, swiftly approved the project without much discussion. Commissioner Penny Taylor asked McAlpin when he would notify neighborhoods about the truck hauls.
"Once we get our design done we're going to have a sit-down with the city of Naples and we'll notify Lee County," McAlpin told commissioners.
Gregg Strakaluse, the city's streets and stormwater director, said Monday the county or its contractor has yet to submit the needed city permit application, which will include information on how the trucks would enter and exit the city to deliver sand.
However, he said he doesn't anticipate any issues if the routes are similar to those used in the past.
The last time those beaches were renourished was at varying times between 2013 and 2016, McAlpin said.
“We look at them on a continuous basis,” he said.