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FL - A $5M beach renourishment project: 268,500 tons of sand coming to these Collier County beaches

Collier commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to spend nearly $5 million to renourish three county beach areas with work set to begin late this month.

The board voted to award Phillips and Jordan, a civil and infrastructure contractor, an agreement to haul sand to portions of Naples, Vanderbilt and Pelican Bay beaches.

“We are required by permit to do an annual beach monitoring — essentially a survey of beaches up and down Collier’s beaches,” Andy Miller, coastal zone manager for the county, said. “We rely on our consultant who does surveys to make recommendations for which beaches have eroded, which beaches need the sand.”

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Workers will haul about 268,500 tons of sand — or the equivalent weight of about 60,000 full-size pick-up trucks — from Stewart Material’s Immokalee Sand Mineto the Third Avenue North and Vanderbilt Beach Road beach access points.

Sand will be hauled to Naples Beach from just south of Lowdermilk Park to just north of Naples Pier, to Vanderbilt Beach from south of Delnor-Wiggins State Parkto approximately one-half mile south of Vanderbilt Beach Road, and also Pelican Bay Beach.

The Naples and Vanderbilt beach areas are publicly accessible while the Pelican Bay beach area is private. As such, funding for the private area will come from the Pelican Bay Services Division.

Commissioner Penny Taylor said Naples Council discussed in one of its meetings why the area around Naples Pier would not be renourished under this project.

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