Sand Key and Treasure Island Nourishment Project 2018
The nourishment project that was awarded in September to Norfolk Dredging is expected to cost $51 million and begin in April. Portions of Clearwater to Redington Beach and Treasure Island will be nourished.
Construction will begin in Treasure Island and then move to Clearwater where portions of the beach will be filled up through North Redington Beach. In total, construction is expected to last 5-7 months and will place over 1.3 million cubic yards of sand.
To reach the correct beach elevation during construction, portions of the landward edge of the project will need to be constructed on private land. Constructing the full project is dependent on getting easements on private land that are required by the Army Corp of Engineers. In addition to allowing for construction, these easements ensure that sand placed on private lands are open to the public.
The awarded project cost as of September 2017 is $51.5 million with the Federal government paying $40.1 million and the County and State each paying $5.7 million. The County’s portion will be paid with Tourist Development Tax funds dedicated to beach nourishment.
Norfolk Dredging was selected to construct the 2018 Sand Key and Treasure Island Nourishment Projects. The contractor plans to begin pumping sand on the beach April 23, 2018. They plan to begin in Treasure Island first filling Sunshine Beach and Sunset Beach with sand dredged from Johns Pass. Next, they will begin nourishing at the Ultimar Condo in Clearwater with sand from the Egmont Shoal Borrow area and work from north to south, finishing in Redington Beach.
April 13, 2018 Norfolk Dredging has changed their order of work for the Sand Key segment of the nourishment project. They plan to fill Sand Key from north to south starting in Clearwater and finishing in Redington Beach.
April 26, 2018 Norfolk Dredging began pumping sand onto Sunshine Beach at 7 p.m. April 24. Their tentative schedule is to finish Sunshine Beach by May 2, Clearwater and Belleair Beach by July 30, Indian Rocks Beach by September 30, Indian Shores by October 24, and Redington Beach by November 15. Note: This schedule is an estimate and subject to change.
April 27, 2018 All beach fill has been placed at Sunshine Beach. Grading of the fill is expected to be finished April 30.
May 25, 2018 Due to the approaching weather system, the contractor will be demobilizing their dredge and associated equipment from the Egmont Shoal Borrow Area, as well as his unloader barge and associated equipment which currently has been located about a mile west of Sunset Beach, to safe harbors. It is likely that there will be no beach nourishment occurring through Tuesday, May 29. They anticipates resuming beach nourishment activities by Wednesday, May 30, if the weather permits.
June 13, 2018 Norfolk Dredging finished filling Sunset Beach on June 9. They are continuing to demobilize their equipment from the beach and are about 85% complete. The equipment is being transported to Clearwater where they plan to begin filling the beach in front of the Ultimar Condominiums on June 13.
August 7, 2018 - Norfolk Dredging experienced an equipment issue on Sunday, August 5 at 1 p.m. They hope to be back up and running as soon as Wednesday, August 8.
September 5, 2018 - The contractor has finished filling Indian Rocks Beach and is mobilizing to Indian Shores. They hope to begin filling again this weekend.
November 2, 2018 - The Sand Key and Treasure Island Nourishment Project is complete. The Contractor has finished tilling and demobilizing from the beach and plans to return late spring 2019 to fill Upham Beach.
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