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$1.3 Million Apollo Beach Nature Preserve Project Completed

Posted on October 20, 2016

By Sherri Lonon, Patch

Hillsborough County is ready to celebrate the completion of a $1.3 million beach restoration project in Apollo Beach. An official opening ceremony for the new beach at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is set for Saturday, Oct. 22.

A partnership between the county and the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group, the project involved efforts to reduce erosion at the preserve while also recreating a 2-acre beach to replace on that had washed away a few years ago.

To complete the project, 11,000 cubic yards of sand was required, along with the dredging of three nearby canals and construction of eight erosion-control breakwaters, the county wrote in an email to media. The sand for the beach was obtained during the dredging project.

“The wide, white-sand beach at 6767 Surfside Blvd. is expected to be a popular amenity for nearby residents and visitors,” the county’s email said. “The project includes a 50-space parking lot and the creation of several sand dunes that have been landscaped with native plants.”

Saturday’s grand opening ceremony takes place at 6767 Surfside Blvd. in Apollo Beach at 10 a.m. County officials and representatives of the Apollo Beach waterway group will be on hand. The group contributed $226,000 to the project.

Source: Patch

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