COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A beach renourishment project in Collier County that's caused a lot of controversy has started up again. Today, crews started work on the final phase known as the Pelican Bay beach renourishment. Months ago, the county decided to haul sand from a mine in Immokalee, through Lee County.
Crews have been working all day to get this area ready for thousands of tons of sand to be dumped later in the week, but many beach-goers are still saying the same thing they have been since day one. That is- this project simply shouldn't be taking place during season.
"It was a little bit of an inconvenience today, there was noise and a lot of racquet going on out there today," said beach-goer Patti Davis.
The sights and sounds of crews preparing to build up another part of a Collier County beach isn't ideal for beach-goers this time of the year.
"Its an inconvenience for the tourist, as the residents, we can live with this," said seasonal resident Joe Russo.
In fact, the work being done, is pushing some people away.
"It's too much noise, too many people, there's other places to go along the beach where we will go, that we will probably go to another location."
According to the county, this final phase of the beach renourishment project calls for nearly 37, 500 tons of sand to rebuild a stretch of south Vanderbilt Beach.
"My grandkids are out here, and they frankly should do this in the summer," said Russo.
The trucks, like the ones used in phase one, will be out again, hauling sand from Stewart Mining in Immokalee, down Corkscrew Road, then onto I-75 South. Now, Corkscrew Road was the Lee County road at the center of controversy when the project began earlier this year.
"They have to come from somewhere, I don't have a problem with it, we don't have separate roads for trucks."
But this work isn't a distraction for everyone, in fact, it made one beach-goer feel more at home.
"You can still hear the ocean, hear the seagulls, see the seagulls, just sounds like home a little bit," said Jacquelyn Cimildoro.
Now, the sand hauling will begin on Wednesday from the mine in Immokalee. The mayor said this phase is being funded by Pelican Bay and not tax payer dollars. the county tells WINK News, the site will be open this weekend for the triathlon.