Posted on October 18, 2021
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — About 100,000 tons of sand will be split between three beaches in Collier County.
Renourishment projects will take place at Naples Beach in November, Vanderbilt Beach in December, and Pelican Bay Beach in January. The entrance to Naples beach will be closed November 1 for the project and is expected to wrap up before Thanksgiving.
“We need to keep our beaches at a minimum 100 feet,” said Collier County Coastal Zone Manager Andy Miller.
Workers will raise the sand level and widen the beaches to protect buildings.
“The more sand we have, the more that it protects the upland structure but it also provides a nice place to be honest, on a weekend or weekday,” Miller said.
Collier County Commissioners approved $5 million for the project.
Miller said the money comes from tourist development taxes which is also known as the hotel tax. He also said the county is reimbursed from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection which contributes around 40%.
This beach facelift is expected to last five years.
“Storms change the games so if we have a major storm in between now and five years from now, we’ll probably be back doing some repair work,” Miller said.