Posted on April 6, 2022
Dredge Wire Exclusive:
Gator Dredging is finishing up the dredging and beach restoration of Doctors Passes. The dredged sand, approx. 25,700 cu. yds., from Doctors Pass is being pumped to the beach in the Lowdermilk Park area via a buried pipe. The dredging & beach restoration of Wiggins Pass and Barefoot Beach of approx 65,000 cu. yds has already been completed..
Wiggins & Doctors Pass’ are the two busiest waterways in North and Central Naples. The goal is to make the inlets deeper, safer and beaches larger. Major maintenance dredging at both Wiggins and Doctors Pass’ typically occurs on a four-year cycle with minor periodic dredging in-between, as a result of drifting sands that create shoaling. Annual monitoring surveys are performed to keep a close eye on the condition of the inlets, and to observe the performance of the maintenance dredging.
The $2 million project is funded by the Tourist Development Taxes and partial reimbursement which may be provided by a grant from Florida Department of Environmental Protection.