Pinellas Beach Nourishment Planned
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Nourish Pinellas Beaches The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has initiated a $5.2 million project to nourish beaches on Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach. The project is sponsored by Pinellas County, with the cost shared by local, state, and federal dollars. The project will nourish three beaches and is scheduled for completion by December 2010. Equipment is currently being staged at the 77th Avenue beach access parking area on Treasure Island and near the public beach at 112th Avenue.
Beginning August 2nd, sand dredged from John's Pass will be placed on two Treasure Island beaches; first at Sunshine Beach from 127th Avenue to 120th Avenue, and then at Sunset Beach from 88th Avenue to 77th Avenue. Beginning in October, sand dredged from Blind Pass will be placed on Upham Beach, located at the north end of St. Pete Beach. The fill at Upham Beach will extend from 71st Avenue southward 4,000 feet to 58th Avenue. Work to nourish each beach will last four to five weeks.
For more information, call the Jacksonville District Corporate Communications Office at (904) 232-2236 or (904) 614-4976. You may also contact Andy Squires, Coastal Manager for Pinellas County, at (727) 464-4633. Additional project information and project updates can be found at www.pinellascounty.org/Environment.
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