Collier sand plan draws wrath of Lee County Manager
FOX 4 Staff
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais is making it clear, he's not happy with a proposed truck route for Collier County beach re-nourishment.
Collier County is planning to start trucking sand from a pit near Immokalee to the coast. One of the proposed routes would send the trucks from Collier County through Lee County by way of Corkscrew Road.
Today Desjarlais released the following statement:
Lee County Administration has had ongoing conversations with Lee County Commissioners, and commissioners vehemently disagree with Collier County government’s use of Corkscrew Road to haul sand for its nourishment projects on Naples Beach and Vanderbilt Beach. Tuesday, Oct. 1, commissioners are expected to approve a resolution to send to Collier County Commissioners to formerly request that they use Collier roads. But if they continue to consider Lee County roads, staff recommends that the Alico-to-Interstate 75 route be used.
County Administration has anticipated the concerns of Lee County residents regarding the use of Corkscrew Road during this upcoming three-month project, but efforts from Lee staff to get Collier staff to reroute trucks have been unsuccessful. Lee County officials are concerned about the safety and welfare of residents along the Corkscrew Road corridor, and we hope Collier officials will recognize those concerns and reconsider their routes.
The re-nourishment plans calls for as many as 100 truck trips each way every day during the project,which could last three to four months. Lee County estimates that as many as 60 percent of the sand would be hauled on Lee County roads.
The re-nourishment project has been beset by controversy from the beginning. Collier County Commissioners had a difficult time in reaching a deal for the plan with the Naples City Council.
Environmentalists have fought the project asking that it be stopped until the end of sea turtle nesting season ends on November 1.