May 2, 2016 | Sand delivery to the beach segment between Aria and Seaplace (2295 to 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive) is complete, with the last of 3,058 truckloads of sand delivered on April 26 (see photo below from April 27). Truck hauling operations have shifted to the Atlas Street beach access at 4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The beach access will be closed to the public for approximately three weeks. This segment of the project extends from the Westchester southward to Casa del Mar (4621 to 4825 Gulf of Mexico Drive).
Mote Marine Laboratory sea turtle biologists began monitoring the beach on April 15 for signs of sea turtle nesting. No activity has been spotted on Longboat Key. Sea turtle nests that are found in work areas will be relocated to safe areas of the beach where construction activity will not disturb them. Sea turtle monitoring will continue throughout the project.
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.
We are still expecting work on our beach to begin in August.
Published May 3, 2016