Longboat Key Grooms Water, Beach Assets

Longboat Key, Florida | December 26th, 2018 – It pleases our Judy Kepecz-Hays team to note that the town of Longboat Key is proceeding next year with its plan to dredge 14 bayside canals in the island. These canals certainly are assets to many local real estate properties particularly those near these vital waterways.

This project is estimated to cost $1.2 million, and a recent grant that Sarasota County extended jumpstarted this initiative. This grant covers about one-fourth of this total cost and enough to fund the dredging of three of the 14 targeted canals. These three include canals on the Harborside Perimeter, Longboat Club Road by the Chart House, and New Pass Access Canal.

Significantly, the dredging project of the New Pass Access Canal would directly benefit at least two of our nearby sales listings. These luxury properties, both with direct water access, are at the Lighthouse Point and Tangerine Bay.

A periodic dredging of local waterways is a must in order to keep the town’s canals navigable. Over the years, sediments accumulate at the bottoms of canals, which if not removed will silt them up and hinder boat traffic. Canal dredging ensures that homeowners of waterfront community would continue to enjoy access to Sarasota Bay.

Permitting Underway

The dredging in Longboat Key’s 14 canals could start in fall 2019, at the earliest as the town needs to secure state and federal permits first. These authorizations are necessary because the work could disturb the aquatic habitat which harbors not only fish and wildlife but also seagrass.

The town, nonetheless, hopes to secure the necessary approvals within the next few months.

The dredging project was initially planned to begin more than a year ago. However, it was delayed because of Hurricane Irma in 2017 and the 2018 red tide outbreak.

The town is planning to remove 15,000 cubic yards in its 14-canal project through the hydraulic dredging method. This operation works very much like a vacuum cleaner drawing up water and sediment from canal bottoms and depositing the collected slurry in a location yet to be determined.

The debris collected from Longboat’s canals won’t be directly be used for beach renourishment, another major town initiative to protect its assets that add value to the island’s real estate properties. In September this year, a month-long work was conducted renourish the beach in the north end of Longboat Key.

North Shoreline Repair

Earth-moving equipment spread 30,000 tons of sand in this $1.1 million project to revitalize a 600-foot stretch of shoreline around North Shore Road. This project was undertaken to remedy the beach erosion brought by Hurricane Irma during fall 2017.

In a related development, Longboat Key commissioners have included beach nourishment, water quality, sea-level rise remedies, and evacuate routes’ improvement in their 2019 legislative priorities list. This list is scheduled for presentation this December to the Sarasota and Manatee county delegations to the forthcoming 2019 legislative session in Tallahassee.

Our town officials are surely leaving no stones unturned in enhancing the island’s various attractions and resources. The intimate knowledge of our Judy Kepecz-Hays team on such measures would be helpful whether buying or selling a Longboat property. Check out with us on the best real estate values in our market territory.

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