COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- It will soon be the end of the road for beach renourishment trucks hauling sand through Lee County to Naples beaches.
Trucks have hauled more than 200,000 tons of sand between counties since October.
There's not much work left to be done in Lowdermilk Park, and soon, big piles of sand will be gone and the beach will be re-opened. Thousands of tons of sand traveled from Lee County into Collier County, where it was off-loaded at three City of Naples locations, as well as Vanderbilt Beach.
The $9.5 million beach renourishment project started in October and was expected to be completed by February 2014, but city leaders say the work has been completed so quickly that they are able to wrap up the project this week. Trucks will be out of Lowdermilk Park by Friday, and they hope to open the beach the next day.
Naples Police say they didn't issue any citations or tickets to trucks during the project. City of Naples Mayor John Sorey says he had received very few complaints about the project and is happy with the outcome.
"Most important thing is not only is it a successful project but it's had a great economic impact on Collier County and Southwest Florida probably in excess of $10 million," said Mayor John Sorey.
There is still one more beach to go to Pelican Bay will be the last beach to receive to sand. That area was expected to be renourished at the same time as Vanderbilt Beach, but it was delayed by a permit challenge. That challenge has been dismissed and sand will be brought there in early January.