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A big beach trumps all at Longboat Key Resort

Longboat Key Club General Manager Jeff Mayers credits the Town for bringing the new beach at Inn on the Beach to fruition. Most importantly, guests are delighted.

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

Although the value of the new beach on Longboat Key can certainly be measured in property protection, its true worth is best measured by the excitement on the faces of the guests at Inn on the Beach.

Two weeks ago, the town placed more than 40,000 cubic yards of sand in front of Inn on the Beach where the shoreline was so severely eroded that the boardwalks at the resort simply lead to the surf and swirling waves.

It became difficult to book weddings and guests who had remembered an expansive beach from years passed were disappointed and expressed that disappointment because their expectation was that the same beach would be there and now there was simply surf.

Today, the beach is so bountiful, with such a vast expanse of sugar white sand that it truly rivals Siesta Key for sunbathing prowess.

For Longboat Key Club Resort Manager Jeff Mayers, the response by the owners of the 226 rental units at Inn on the Beach as well as guests has been nothing short of sheer excitement.

“The guests and owners are blown away,” said Mayers.

And a short walk to the shoreline at Inn on the Beach is bustling evidence of Mayers’ words. Scores of guests can be seen relaxing beachside in Key Club lounge chairs where they have an additional perk of enjoying beachside food and beverage service.

Mayers was adamant in how grateful he was to the town for the support the Club received.

“It was really seemless throughout the project and the town was very responsive and effective and we really could not be happier with the results,” said Mayers.

The 40,000 cubic yards the Key Club received was trucked in from Immokalee and was spread from Inn on the Beach north where it joined the sand that was recently dredged from New Pass.

The town has also completed its north end dredging project in which it moved about 200,000 cubic yards of sand and filled in ‘hot spots’ that were severely eroded.

Next year the town will focus on sand surveys and consider plans for a major renourishment as well as research extending the rock jetty at New Pass to see if that would further protect the south end from erosion.

One of the concerns of extending that jetty is the possibility that it could start to affect sand movement and deposits across New Pass at Lido Shores.

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