October 6, 2016 | The Town is closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew as it moves along the Atlantic coast of Florida. Strong winds and rain are likely in the forecast for Longboat Key as Hurricane Matthew makes it way north.
Norfolk Dredging Company has moved the dredge Pullen to safe harbor in Tampa Bay. The north end dredging and sand placement operations will continue once weather conditions improve. The Contractor has already placed approximately 50% of the scheduled sand volume for the Longboat Pass project. The southward fill operations reached the large seawall at 6633 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The project is expected to extend to a point just south of Gulfside Road. Once the dredge returns and restarts, work on this segment is anticipated to take another two to three weeks, including cleanup and demobilization, barring any unforeseen delays.
North end dredge and fill operations progress completing the first small segment and moving southward
Beach fill operations on the south end of the Key are rapidly progressing with approximately 67% of the scheduled truck loads delivered to the beach as of October 4th. Truckloads of sand will be placed to create as smooth of a transition as possible to the New Pass fill section north of the Longboat Key Club. Truck hauling for this segment may be completed by October 10th. Cleanup and demobilization may take an additional two weeks.
South end truck haul project progress north from New Pass to a section north of Longboat Key Club to the fill template already completed
Don’t forget, Lights Out for Turtles! 2016 has been a record sea turtle nesting season and it is time for hatchlings to emerge onto the beach at night. Lights from upland areas can disorient the hatchlings and prevent them from reaching the Gulf.
Please pardon the interruption while we work to enhance the beach.