COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A plan to replenish Collier County beaches. A sand mine near Immokalee hopes to be a top contender to produce sand for three beach widening projects.
The county has now reopened the bidding process for sand producers and they can now go on the county's website to send in bids for the project.
The project calls for nearly 300,000 tons of sand to be produced at Stewart Mining. Mine President, Nick Stewart says he has the man power to do the job.
"We hydraulically dredge the sand, then it enters a sand plant where it's classified, and any impurities are washed, dehydrated and placed on convyer belts," says Stewart.
Stewart Mining has placed its bid to haul sand to Vanderbilt, Park Shore and Naples beaches. They are one of three mines approved by the D-E-P for the project. One mine is out of Moore Haven and the other is out of Lake Wales.
"For the last 30 years, we have been successful at every job we have taken on at producing the amount of materials required to do, so hopefully this won't be the exception to that."
Stewart tell us, over the three months scheduled for the project, 6,000 tons of sand will be need to transferred each day.
"We're adding some equipment now that is going to give us some additional stockpiling capability, where we can stock pile up to 250,000 tons here on site, that would be strictly for the beach material."
Right now, one shift operates a day at the mine, but if the county gives Stewart the green light, he hopes to add a night time shift to produce sand so it can be hauled out on mornings.
"We are anticipating working at night and we are also putting in additional scales to allow the that many more trucks to get out."
But Stewart says hauling sand from Immokalee is far less expensive than it would be from the other two.
The oounty wants to start stockpiling the sand by September. We will know which mine is chosen by early September.
The project is scheduled to go from October to January.
A pre-bid meeting will be held July 31st.
Final bids are due by August 7th.