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Pilot Bay sand replenishment to start

Sand is being replaced in Pilot Bay where it has been lost to storm damaged, drift, wind and wave action. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

Posted on November 7, 2023

Due to the wet weather last week, the works to replenish the sand at Pilot Bay ahead of a long, hot summer are now anticipated to get underway from this week commencing today, November 6.

Also known as beach renourishment, sand is typically replenished to replace sediment that’s been lost due to storm damage, drift, wind and wave action.

“We are adding sand to areas across Pilot Bay which have been affected by recent weather events like Cyclone Gabrielle, which caused considerable coastal erosion,” says a Tauranga City Council spokesperson.

Sand will be replaced in small sections along Pilot Bay, meaning that parts of the beach will be temporarily fenced off and inaccessible for short periods over approximately five days.

“Working this way still maintains some beach access for our community.”

During these works, several carparks located near Salisbury Wharf and the corner of Salisbury Ave and The Mall, will be unavailable.

The public toilets located along The Mall near Pacific Ave will remain open.

The last time sand was replaced in this area was 2021.

This work is weather-dependent.

“If it is delayed because of weather or other unforeseen circumstances, it may be carried out at another suitable date.”


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