The three-phase Longboat Key beach nourishment project was substantially completed on Friday, October 21, 2016 three weeks ahead of schedule.
Phase 1 placed 205,000 cubic yards of truck-hauled sand mined in Immokalee, Florida to areas of the beach shown as the Central Key Truck Haul Phase on the map below and was completed two months ahead of schedule. Phase 2 included a combination of placement of dredged sand from New Pass and truck haul of Immokalee truck hauled sand for the southernmost beaches and dredged sand from Longboat Pass for the north end beach.
The Pullen, a 150-foot-long cutterhead-pipeline hydraulic dredge, owned and operated by the Norfolk Dredging Company (NDC) of Chesapeake, Virginia, arrived in the area on August 19th and begin dredging. Heavy sand-moving equipment, shorepipe and a temporary office was located on the beach near the L’Ambiance.
The entire beach nourishment project wrapped up October 21, 2016. Dredging operations took place 24 hours a day, seven days a week to complete this work as quickly as possible.
219,241 cubic yards of dredged sand from New Pass was placed to fix nearly 4,000 linear feet of the beaches at the southern tip. The New Pass phase of the project was completed four weeks ahead of schedule on September 15. The Pullen was then relocated to Longboat Pass for Phase 3 to dredge 204,702 cubic yards of Longboat Pass sand to repair more than 4,100 linear feet of beaches at the northern tip.
The $10 million first phase of the project in which dump trucks brought in sand finished two months ahead of schedule. Phases 2 and 3, estimated at an additional $6 million, completed three weeks ahead of schedule on Friday, October 21.
In addition to the dredging, another 37,500 cubic yards of sand was trucked in to help with the New Pass project phase. Truck haul construction activity used a truck access to place sand in the vicinity of the Resort at Longboat Key Club to New Pass beginning in mid-September. Truck haul operations occurred Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Turtle nests were relocated well in advance of this project so nests were not buried under the new sand. The Town secured permits from federal and state regulatory agencies to perform work at night in order to rapidly move the project to completion.
Remember, lights out for sea turtles! A record number of sea turtle nests are documented this season by Mote Marine Laboratory biologists and it is time for hatchlings to begin emerging onto the beach at night. Lights from upland areas can disorient the hatchlings and prevent them from reaching the Gulf. Turtle season runs May 1 to November 30 each year. An extraordinary number (1,184) of nests were laid in 2016.
We thank you for your patience during the restoration of Longboat Key’s world-class beaches.