May 16, 2016 | With completion of the truck hauling operations at the Atlas Street beach access (4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive), approximately one-third of the beach nourishment project for the Central Key has been completed. The beach access at Atlas Street should re-open to the public by May 20.
Sand-hauling trucks begin arriving on Monday, May 16 at the access site across Gulf of Mexico Drive from Gulfshore/Buttonwood Cove (3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive). This is a private access, so no public access points will be affected. Truck hauling on the beach will extend from the access point northward to Pelican Harbour (4241 Gulf of Mexico Drive). Beach fill operations will progress from north to south back toward the Gulfshore/Buttonwood Cove access. Work in this segment is expected to take several weeks to complete before operations shift to the beaches south of the access.
Mote Marine Laboratory sea turtle biologists continue to monitor the beach and have relocated several nests from upcoming construction areas to safe areas of the beach where construction activity will not disturb the nests.
The truck haul operates 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with sand hauling trucks traversing the beach in both directions, escorted by ATV for safety. Please pardon the interruption while we work to enhance the beach.