COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- WINK News went to the sand mine where the trucks are being loaded. We then followed these trucks on their commute from Immokalee to Vanderbilt Beach to see what the concern is about.
By the looks of it, this area can be described as an over-sized sand box, but the all the sand will eventually be hauled out and used to build up three Collier County beaches. Each truck that leaves the sand pit will be traveling over 40 miles, carrying 22 tons of sand. To put this in perspective for you, the mountain of sound behind me is about 200-thousand tons...Well that's only enough sand to do half of this beach renourishment project."
Corkscrew Road is the route county leaders decided these trucks would take, but the decision comes with a lot of controversy in both Lee and Collier County. So WINK followed a truck driver as he went from the sand mine to Vanderbilt Beach.
The route looks a little like this. The driver heads down State Road 82 before turning left on Corkscrew. A majority of the route is spent traveling on Corkscrew Road before the truck gets onto I-75 heading south, making his way to the final destination.
"It's part of the project, you just have to deal with a little bit of inconvenience for something that's going to be beneficial in the long run," said beach-goer Alan Constantineau.
Alan Constantineau is at the end of the truck route. He has found a spot right where the sand haul is taking place on Vanderbilt Beach, but he's actually come up with a method to help drown out the madness.
"I came to the beach, I knew it would be noisy, so I brought my little boseman with me to drum out the noise of the trucks, and as far as I'm concerned this is a very good project."
Stewart Mining started the production of sand about three months ago. 370,000 tons of sand needs to be delivered in just 65 days. The project is expected to be complete sometime in February.