Beach Nourishment Project Update for May 4
Truck hauling operations at the Atlas Street beach access (4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive) are approximately 40 percent complete.
Truck hauling operations at the Atlas Street beach access (4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive) are approximately 40 percent complete. This segment of the project, which extends from the Westchester southward to Casa del Mar (4621 to 4825 Gulf of Mexico Drive), should be completed by May 13. The public will be notified when the beach access reopens.
The contractor is preparing the next access site across Gulf of Mexico Drive from Gulfshore/Buttonwood Cove (3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive). This is a private easement, so no public access points will be affected. Beginning the week of May 16, sand will be placed from Pelican Harbour (4241 Gulf of Mexico Drive) southward to the access point.
Longboat Key’s first sea turtle nests of the season were found on the north end of the island. No nests have been found in areas affected by beach construction. Mote Marine Laboratory sea turtle biologists continue to monitor the beach and will relocate nests as necessary to safe areas of the beach where construction activity will not disturb them.
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.