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Central Marco Island Beach Re-grade Project Underway

Post Date:02/07/2019 5:14 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  Central Marco Island Beach Re-grade Project Underway      

 The Central Marco Island Beach Re-grade Project is underway. The project extends from just south of Sand Dollar Island south to the Madeira Beach Public Access Point (near the Marriot Hotel) between Florida Department of Environmental Protection monuments R-136 to R-142, a distance of a little over one mile. Collier County Commissioners awarded the $1,147,000 project contract to Earth Tech Enterprises, Inc. last month to reduce public health concerns resulting from the residual/unsightly algae growth due to ponding water. The positive drainage improvement from this project will also create more suitable sea turtle nesting habitat. 

The county’s contractor is in process of placing temporary orange fencing around the construction zone for the safety of the public and the workers. Crews expect to start moving sand in the next few days. Work hours will be Monday through Saturday from dusk to dawn for approximately the next two months.  Nighttime dredging activities may occur, but work will be limited to an area along the water’s edge. 

Crews plan to dredge approximately 175,000 cubic yards of sand from the nearshore area of Central Marco Island Beach then place the sand on the beach.  The sand will then be graded up to the dunes to create a wider berm seaward of the upland dune with a seaward slope to the mean high-water line. Crews will work in 1,500-foot sections along the beach. Besides marking off the work zone sections with fencing, signs will be placed along the beach to direct the public to access points during construction.  Heavy equipment access will be through the Resident’s Beach North Gate. 

The project is expected to be completed in mid-April.

For more information contact Community Liaison Connie Deane at Connie.Deane@colliercountyfl.gov or 239-252-8365.

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