CREATED Sep. 11, 2013
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A Collier County couple is taking action against a multi-million dollar beach re-nourishment project. Bob Krasowski and his wife filed a petition with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection opposing an upcoming re-nourishment project to update Vanderbilt, Pelican Bay, Park Shore and City of Naples beaches.
"There's plenty of time to re-nourish the beaches to the extent they want to outside of turtle nesting season." Krasowski said.
The project is set to start on October 31st, 30 days before the official end to turtle nesting season. Collier County spokeswoman Connie Deane said typically around mid-September there are only a small amount of nests that remain to be hatched. Those nests' locations are known and crews can work around them or relocate them as necessary. If the project begins at the beginning of October, it should wrap up early next year. Krasowski said there has to be an alternative to save our species.
"They could start by doing the public beaches in front of the hotels first and that would have the least impact and this would be after November 1st after the total end of turtle nesting season." Krasowski said.
Krasowski said he should hear from the DEP soon about if they'll move forward and set up an administrative hearing. A county spokeswoman said she can't comment about the petition because it is pending litigation.