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Beach Nourishment & Erosion Control/Property Lines
Beach Nourishment Status
Councilor William "Bill" Smith
Beach renourishment is progressing through Indian Shores. Based on the latest published progress map dated September 10 and on-site observations today, September 21, here’s where it stands:
- The project remains headquartered at 197th Avenue in Indian Shores. The offshore equipment where sand is transferred from the barges and sent through the pipe leading to the beach is located there.
- Equipment is staged on the beach from 196th south to Sea Star Condo at 19340 Gulf Boulevard.
- Renourishment has been completed going north from 197th Avenue to 200th Avenue (up to Sea Castles condos).
- Beach construction is now underway going south from 197th Avenue.
- As of today, September 21, sand is being spread on the beach past Sea Star Condos at 19340 Gulf Boulevard.
- They are running about 3 days later than the published September 10 Progress Map.
I would estimate the project reaching 193rd Avenue—across from Indian Shores Town Hall—about September 20-21st and 190th Avenue by about September 23-24, 2018.
Negotiations to extend this project further south to Bella Playa HOA (roughly 187th Avenue) have been successful! Assuming they will continue south from 190th Avenue, the project should reach Bella Playa by about September 26-27.
Next, headquarters and offshore equipment will relocate to 177th Avenue in Redington Shores--and then begin renourishing north from 177th Avenue to Bella Playa near 187th Avenue.
For the first time in our renourishments, the contractor is using a piece of equipment only recently devised! The "Extractor" sits on the beach. The pipe carrying the dredged sand from the offshore equipment is connected directly to the Extractor, All of the sand coming to the beach passes through the extractor before it lands on the beach. The extractor removes all the shells and stones over a certain size, sending them to a dumpster to be hauled away, while the filtered slurry of sand and water is deposited on the beach. This machine is a breakthrough in solving an age old problem of providing sand that is free of shells, stones and other debris.
Shown above is the “Extractor,” the first time this machine is being used for the Sand Key renourishment. The pipe from the offshore unloader is connected directly to this machine. The machine filters the “slurry”—the water carrying the sand coming through the pipe—separating out the shells and other large particles into a dumpster and depositing the sand onto the beach. Note the enormous size of this machine compared to the size of the people standing on the ground in front of it. This machine is a breakthrough that results in the best quality sand we have ever had from a beach renourishment.
As always, plans are subject to change based on weather and equipment events. You’ll find the current Progress Map by going to this link: http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/coastalmngmt/pdfs/IndianShoresRedShores.pdf
For the most current updates and progress of the renourishment project, please visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/coastalMngmt/sandkey.htm.
Indian Shores Maps (Below)
Please Note: The western-most solid black line is the property line.