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Bryan Wacha / Collier County’s board members discussing the routes that trucks will take upon delivering sand to the beaches

FL - Collier County beach renourishment project to repair damage from Hurricane Irma could cost $29 million

Collier County is implementing a Beach Renourishment Project to repair damage in 2017 from Hurricane Irma, including building surge barriers such as sand dunes.

The waterfront properties of Collier County experienced major flood damages as a result of Irma and spent $104 million for repairs.

Although these barriers would provide levels of safety for the land, structures and residents in the onset of another major storm, homeowners in the area are not pleased with the proposed plans to construct these sand dunes saying it would devalue their million-dollar properties and add an unpleasant scenic view for tourists.

The beaches that undergo construction are Vanderbilt Beach, Naples Beach and a portion of Pelican Bay.

About 268,500 tons of sand will be used for the project. The sand will be transported from a sand mine in Immokalee. Many residents are upset about the project because of the amount of trucks, excess noise, construction, and traffic that the project will bring into their neighborhoods.

During a recent county board of commissioner meeting, one committee member, Robert Roth, brought up the fact that an average dump truck carries about 22 tons, meaning that there will be roughly 10,000 trips with trucks carrying sand from Immokalee to Collier County throughout the duration of the project.

“What these neighborhoods put up with is no small feat,” Roth said.

This is not the first-time beach renourishment has taken place in Collier County, however the times before were on a much smaller scale.

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