Sand Key and Treasure Island Nourishment Project 2018
Major Schedule Update
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 John’s 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, 2018. 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, 2018.