Naples Council to discuss removing stormwater outfall pipes from city beaches

For decades, stormwater outfalls — large pipes that stretch from the sand into the water — have dotted the beaches of Naples, dumping debris and high levels of bacteria into the Gulf of Mexico.

But now the city is undertaking a project to remove the majority of outfalls and implement a new, better system. City staff will present an update on the project to the City Council during its workshop Monday.

The project began in 2011 when the Florida Department of Environmental Protection notified the city that it would not issue any more beach renourishment permits until city officials came up with a plan to remove the outfalls.

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