CREATED Jul. 9, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- In the upcoming months, expect large trucks hauling sand out to Naples beaches. Collier County Commissioners approved a beach renourishment project on Tuesday. Some argue it's need to replenish an eroding beach.
"Please bring the sand, if you have to do it by truck hauls, to only those hot spots," said Sandi Leddy, Secretary of the Park Shore Homeowners Association.
Sandi Leddy is hesitant when it comes to trucks hauling loads of sand out to the beaches. She says any beach renourishment project would impact those living in Park Shore.
"First of all, the congestion and the impact to emergency vehicles coming through and local traffic," said Leddy.
County Commissioners discussed on Tuesday beach renourishment for Park Shore, the city of Naples and North Naples beaches including Vanderbilt Beach. Dredging isn't really an option because the one company proposing to do the job wanted more than double the county's $15 million dollar budget for the project.
"Dredging is too expensive for a bunch of reasons so they'll probably have to resort to truck hauling for emergency areas what they call hot spots," said Leddy.
Hotel owners on Vanderbilt say they're losing parts of their precious paradise and they need more sand immediately so hotel guests don't go elsewhere.
"They don't have to come to Naples. They can go anywhere they'd like and they will if we don't handle the situation and do it now."
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the use of truck hauls.
"Both for the city of Naples beaches and Park Shore, there will be truck hauls which will be limited to renourish the Tropical Storm Fay damage as well as the hot spots," said Commissioner Georgia Hiller.
North Naples including Vanderbilt Beach will be renourished entirely in an effort to bring more beauty back to the beaches.
Truck hauls could begin as early as September. Commissioners want the work to be complete before tourist season and will also make sure the project does not impact turtle nesting season.