LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A $10 million plan to fix up Naples area beaches is set to begin in just a few weeks, hauling hundreds of truck loads of sand through Lee and Collier counties for their beach renourishment project. But officials in Lee County say -- not so fast.
County Manager Roger Desjarlais released a statement Friday morning saying the Lee County Commissioners "vehemently disagree with the current route," primarily along Corkscrew Road. He said officials are concerned about the safety of residents in the Corkscrew area. The commissioners plan to approve a resolution at their next meeting on Tuesday, October 1st, to formally ask Collier County to keep the trucks off Lee County roads, or consider an Alico Road to I-75 route.
Right now, the agreed-upon route would take the sand from Immokalee, across Corkscrew Road in Estero, to Alico Road, then south on I-75 to Naples Beach and Vanderbilt Beach.
Collier County officials argue Corkscrew Road will not experience significant damage from the haul, and that it was build to withstand heavy vehicle traffic. The Collier Sheriff's Office said they will constantly monitor the trucks hauling sand during the project for safety concerns.
Desjarlais' said in his statement he hopes "Collier officials will recognize Lee County's concerns and reconsider their routes" to complete the beach renourishment project.
The three-month long project is expected to start up sometime in October.