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Collier County Naples' Beach Re-Nourishment Project - UPDATE!

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at 5:45pm.

Crews delivered 1,800 dump trucks of sand to Vanderbilt Beach at the Ritz-Carlton, 600 to Third Avenue North entryway, and more that 1,200 loads to Horizon Beach which is between Harbor and Park Shore. That's about 20% of the total amount that will be delivered which is estimated to be 17,000 truckloads.

The crews are working all day from sunrise to sunset, six days per week, with the expectation the job will finish in mid-February of 2014.

Collier County Coastal Zone Management director, Gary McAlpin, said "some areas are being filled sooner than expected but that residents shouldn't take that to mean the project will finish early." He says, "haulers have gotten over the hump with kicking off the project and work is hitting its stride." We can only HOPE!

The lawsuit filed by Lee County businesses located along Corkscrew Road in Estero and residents in Grandezza, Wildcat Run, and Bella Terra has yet to be scheduled for a hearing. An emergency injunction was filed to force the trucks to move their route to Alico Road – which Collier is protesting as they predict that could add $300 to $500,000 to the project currently based at $9.5M.

Lee County also filed a challenge with DEP, the Department of Environmental Protection against the project but it has yet to be heard or ruled upon.

Stay tuned for further updates!

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