NAPLES — Crews are in the process of wrapping up the beach renourishment across a two-mile section of Naples Beach from Lowdermilk Park to near Naples Pier and starting to renourish the next location which is a 1.3-mile section of Vanderbilt Beach from just south of Delnor Wiggins State Park to approximately one-half mile south of Vanderbilt Beach Road. Approximately 86,000 tons of beach quality sand was delivered to Naples Beach from Stewart Mining in Immokalee over the past month to revitalize our sandy shores for residents and visitors alike. The Vanderbilt Beach section is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Then in January 2022, the crews plan to renourish a near half-mile stretch of Pelican Bay Beach from Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Reference monument R-34 to R-36. The later section of beach will be paid for by the Pelican Bay Services Division (PBSD) since it is not a public beach.
When completed an additional approximately 232,000 tons of sand will be a new part of our coastal landscape. The $5 million project is funded from Tourist Development Taxes (most coming from taxes paid by visitors utilizing hotels and motels commonly referred to as “bed tax”) including an additional $2.6 million for the sand mined from Stewart Mining. The Pelican Bay beach segment’s sand ($330,000) will be paid for by PBSD.
Commission Chairman Penny Taylor (District 4) said she is pleased with the progress of the Beach Renourishment Project. “This project is running smoothly and everyone involved is being respectful of the neighborhoods as they work efficiently toward completion,” said Taylor.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the City of Naples Police Department are assisting with the coordination of maintenance of traffic support.
Completion of the entire project is expected in mid-January 2022. Crews will cease project operations for a short break over the Christmas/New Year’s holidays (Dec. 24, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022). Hours of operation continue to be six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For additional information, please contact Coastal Zone Management Section Manager Andy Miller at 239-252-2922. If you prefer to email any questions or comments, please send them to CZM@colliercountyfl.gov.