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Beach Nourishment Progress Update for June 23

The Longboat Key truck haul beach nourishment project, which continues to progress ahead of schedule, will be temporarily suspended during Independence Day weekend, July 1-4.

The truck haul beach nourishment project, which continues to progress ahead of schedule, will be temporarily suspended during Independence Day weekend, July 1-4.

Work in Segment 4, between the access point at Gulfshore/Buttonwood Cove (3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive) and the 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, should be completed by mid-July..

By June 21, over 240,000 tons of sand had been delivered by truck to Longboat Key since the project started in April. Approximately 78 percent of the total truck tonnage has been delivered.

The frequency of sea turtle nesting is increasing as the Independence Day weekend approaches. That weekend is typically the peak of nesting on Longboat Key and coincides with the expected hatching of the first nests laid on Longboat Key in late April and May, according to Mote Marine Laboratory sea turtle biologists.

The biologists have documented 499 sea turtle nests on Longboat Key as of June 21. Eighty-two nests have been relocated from upcoming construction areas to safe areas of the beach where construction activity will not disturb the nests. Mote Marine personnel are working to determine how many nests may have been lost during Tropical Storm Colin.

Personnel from Sauers Environmental Management continue to monitor for shorebirds, which are mating and nesting along the Longboat Key shoreline. At least one nest was lost during the storm.

Generally, the truck haul operates 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with sand hauling trucks traversing the beach in both directions, escorted by ATV for safety.

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