Dump truck battle beween Lee and Collier Counties
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by Dave Culbreth
Fort Myers, Fla. -
A battle is brewing between officials in Lee and Collier county over.........dump trucks! The bottom line is Naples Beach and Vanderbilt Beach need, as they're calling it, "renourishment". That's a fancy way of saying there's not enough sand on those beaches. So, literally thousands of dump trucks full of sand from the middle of the state are being trucked in. The problem Lee County officials have is that Collier officials are using Lee County roads and they say it's not safe.
"They'll be putting about 390 trucks a day over Lee County roads," says Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais. "390 a day during the peak time of the project". That means trucks will be hauling sand on the busy thouroughfare, Corkscrew Road. "That puts a truck down Corkscrew road every two minutes," exclaimed Desjarlais.
And the problem he has with dump trucks hauling sand on Corkscrew Road is simple, safety. "There are children out there going to school in the morning and we have college students going to and from Florida Gulf Coast University and people shopping at Gulf Coast Center," added Desjarlais. "There have been two accidents in the last 18 months with serious injuries along that road based on trucking alone."
So far, Collier County officials have said, basically, it's not happening. In a meeting Tuesday commissioners voted to continue to use the Corkscrew Road route saying it has used it for the past four times it's had to haul sand in for its beaches and that's not changing.
It's turning out to be a war between the county's. Desjarlais wants Collier officials to change their mind. "We would very much like for Collier County to take all those trucks through Collier County Roads for their project."
** The entire renourishment project is supposed to take several months.
** Lee County commissioners are still slated to pass a resoultion at this coming Tuesday's board meeting to "vehemently disagree" with Collier County's present plans.
** There's supposed to be a formal presentation to Collier officials October 8th.