Sand clogs Clam Pass once again
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
NAPLES, Fla.- Just weeks after Clam Pass reopened in Naples, sand has now clogged the pass once again. Beach goers are disappointed to see this happening all over again and blame mother nature.
Jeremy Franklin traded snow for sand. He is visiting from Chicago and he knew enjoying the sunshine on Thursday required alittle extra work on his part.
"We knew we'd have to carry the canoe over a few feet of sand, but we thought we would give it a shot anyway," said Franklin.
Dozens of people on the beach disappointed by mother nature's mark. A recent cold snap has clogged the pass with sand earlier this week. This happens just weeks after dredging began and fixed the pass.
"I think it's the weather, the northeast winds came in and sand filled the entrance in," said Paul Conboy who is visiting from Massachusetts.
Crews started dredging the first week of March. More dredging will be needed. Some like Paul Conboy worry about the mangroves if the pass is not cleared.
"It destroys the mangroves, kills the mangroves or kill anything living in there if they don't get it back open and water back in there," said Conboy.
Commissioner Georgia Hiller has been a key player in saving the pass.
"How much money will we keep spending on this pass?" asked Fox 4 reporter Julie Salomone.
The pass has a very sensitive ecosystem. It is a natural resources protection area and we are required to maintain it so we will continue to dredge as needed," said Commissioner Hiller.
Neil Dorrill, director of the Pelican Bay Services Division, says dredging will begin as early as Friday night. Crews will work so they don't disrupt those on the beach. Dorrill also adds the county will have to pay for the equipment to be brought back to the site. The project was estimated to cost just under $200,000 dollars and the county should stay on budget even with the additional dredging. Dredging will most likely take 2 days.