Beach-Goers and businesses deal With sand hauling on Vanderbilt Beach
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NORTH NAPLES, Fla. - It might not have been what they were expecting to see from their high-rise on Vanderbilt Beach, but now that Norm and Claudia have gotten a good look at the piles of sand being brought in by truck after truck, they don't seem to mind at all.
"We just found out it's like four to six weeks," Claudia says of the beach renourishment project. "But it's good. It needed it."
Al and Elaine Pilver knew about the beach renourishment project, and decided to come check it out.
"We thought we'd take a look at what was going on," says Elaine. Her husband Al adds: "We've been coming to this beach for a couple of years. We like it here."
But the sand project has inconvenienced at least one local business. Cabana Dan's caters to the sun-seekers who flock to Vanderbilt, renting chairs, cabanas, and paddleboards. The only problem: their hut is smack dab in the middle of the construction site.
"Today we had to set up over here, outside of our main hut, which is fenced in," says Andrew Stamp of Cabana Dan's, now stationed just beyond the fenced consctruction area. "It was a lot of work to bring everything over here for sure."
A lot of work, and a bit of a hassle since they sell ice cream out of that hut.
"It's kind of a big part of the business," says Stamp. "I've actually had to run in there a couple of times to grab ice cream. So we can still offer it, but I gotta dodge the crane and everything."
But he agrees that if you want to dig your toes in the sand, you've got to let the trucks haul it in to the beach.
"It sounds like it needs to be done," he says. "So hopefully they'll just get it done quickly."
And after testing the waters, he feels confident that beach-goers won't be turned away by a few trucks and fences.
"Can't stop people from coming to the beach when it's this nice out, you know?"
Stamp says the county is trying to work with the business to provide a location that can be locked up at night and has power, but they have not been given a time frame. While the project on Vanderbilt Beach is expected to last four to six weeks, the entire beach renourishment project should wrap up by February.