COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.,- Collier County commissioners will allow an Immokalee sand mine to operate extended hours. Stewart Mining has been working around the clock, to produce the sand needed for it's beach renourishment project. But, before this decision, the decision to run 24 hours was made in error. It's been a long awaited to decision to approve Stewart Mining to operate the 24 hours it needs to keep the project moving and they have also been approved to run the trucks extended hours.
County staff initially gave Stewart Mining the green light to make sand 24 hours a day and to also haul sand from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. That decision was made in error. County commissioners needed to make that decision, as required by the county's zoning laws.
In 2003, Stewart Mining was given the green light to operate from 6:30 in the morning to 7 at night, six days a week. But tonight, it has gone through all the appropriate people to continue its work. The request for this change is to help reduce the traffic on the roads and speed up the time on the project.
At last check, the project was running ahead of schedule.