COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - The Collier County Beach Renourishment project is in the final phase. Park Shore and The Horizon Way Beach will be open to the public Saturday, December 7th.
Lowdermilk Park will also open to the public over the weekend before re-opening for good on the 13th.
For the past several weeks, the sight of large sand piles and the sound of loud trucks have been the norm on Naples beaches, but in a matter of days that work will be over.
"I'm really pleased with that," says one beach goer. "They've worked the hardest."
"It will be nice to get back to being able to walk a mile or two on the beach without being stopped," says Naples resident John Shaw.
Instead of finishing up in February, like first planned, city and county leaders tell WINK News this beach renourishment should be mostly wrapped up by next Friday, weeks ahead of schedule.
"Everything will be back to normal here," says Jason Gibson. "We have a much bigger beach and I think everyone will be a lot happier."
Gibson has a lot invested in Lowdermilk Park's concession stand. He took it over in September, changing the menu and adding Rita's Ice, only to close down a few months later because of the renourishment project. "I have payments, I have insurance without having the income coming in, so it's been tough."
But now, he's pleasantly surprised to learn the project is move ahead so fast. City leaders say good planning and good contractors are the main reasons.
"That's why everyone comes here because we have an absolutely beautiful beach that cannot be duplicated and I think it's been a tremendous thing that they've been able to do this."