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Convoy converges at Colony

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

The beach building continues unabated with 200 trucks per day hauling sand from Imokalee to Longboat Key.

About 1,000 truck loads in total have already started the process of depositing the much needed sand to the highly eroded sections of beach stretching south from the Islander Club to Seaplace.

The town is paying about $10.5 million to the contractor to haul about 200,000 cubic yards in total, and the project will continue throughout the summer.

The truck hauling operates on the Key between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday with sand hauling trucks traversing the beach in both directions with an ATV escort being used for safety.

Town Manager Dave Bullock said the quality of sand is extremely high and meets the expectation that the commission has of being light in color and yet of a large grain size so it will not easily blow away or erode.

Bullock added that residents should exercise caution and good judgment when out on the beach and near the construction vehicles.

 

North and South end project almost ready

Bullock said that the project that will bring sand to the North and South ends of the Key will start in either July or August.

This past week, the town received four bids ranging in cost between $5.5 million and $7 million to dredge sand out of both Longboat and New Pass and deposit it along the North and South beaches.

It is estimated that 200,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from each of the passes with the south end of the key receiving sand first. That is because the beaches in front of Sanctuary and L’Ambiance and Islandside communities have experienced severe erosion. The North and South End projects will be completed by the end of November at the latest.

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2 Responses for “Convoy converges at Colony”

  1. Barry Weinman says:

    Well not quite. If they are using a 13 hour work day divided by 200 trucks/hour is approx 15-trucks/hour or one truck every four minutes. I agree, I don’t believe I have ever noticed that many deliveries in my casual observation of the project.

    I agree that the sand quality is very high.

  2. paul maheras says:

    Hello. I took a beach walk to the Colony area Saturday about 3-4:00 p.m. and saw very little activity. Just a bulldozer moving a small pile. Wondering if the town is supervising how many trucks actually get to the beach every day with our own employees watching over our interest and investment? 200 trucks is almost 20 per hour and none were seen at that time.

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