COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - A battle over the beach in Collier County is getting heated. A major beach renourishment project set to start in September could get put off for another year.
Monday, the Tourist Development Council voted against hauling 40,000 loads of sand through the streets of Collier County.
TDC Chairman Murray Hendel says, "we feel the beaches are okay for another year. If there is a hot spot we'd be happy to help but we don't want trucks on Gulf Shore Boulevard and Park Shore and other roads."
But, hotel owners say they're tired of temporary fixes. Mick Moore owns Vanderbilt Beach Resort in North Naples. He says the beach is eroding so much, they can't stand to wait another year.
"We need it and we need it now. We keep hearing promises that it is going to be done," says Moore. "We heard last year it will be done now. We want it done now."
County leaders received one bid last week to dredge the beaches, but the bid was double what is available to spend on the renourishment.
One idea thrown out at the Tourist Development Council is to bring the sand in using a barge.
County commissioners will have the final say.