Phase 2 of the Longboat Key beach nourishment project is near completion. The New Pass dredging project is expected to be substantially complete by September 25th with some heavy equipment remaining behind for shoreline shaping, weather permitting, while Norfolk Dredging Company’s dredge, the Pullen, mobilizes to Longboat Pass.
A supplemental truck haul sand placement will immediately follow placing an expected 33,000 cubic yards of sand between the Resort at Longboat Key Club and New Pass. Trucks will access the construction zone through a specially prepared truck access through Key Club property on Longboat Club Road. Truck haul operations will occur Monday through Saturday, 6:30 am to 7:30 pm until completion.
The Pullen, a 150-foot-long cutterhead-pipeline hydraulic dredge, owned and operated by the Norfolk Dredging Company (NDC) of Chesapeake, Virginia, will begin the next phase of the beach nourishment project by dredging Longboat Pass and pumping approximately 210,000 cubic yards of sand to repair more than 4,000 linear feet of Longboat Key shoreline in two areas (Segment 7 on the map) from North Shore Road to just South of Broadway Street and along the beach between 6700 to 6391 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Work will begin as early as September 27th. Dredging operations will occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The entire beach nourishment project is expected to wrap up by mid-to-late October. The $10 million first phase of the project, the Central Key Truck Haul Project, was completed two months ahead of schedule. Phase 2, estimated at an additional $6 million, experienced a week’s delay due to Tropical Storm Hermine. Overall, the project is expected to be complete on time.