ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. - The Anna Maria beach re-nourishment project is now underway. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock contractors have begun the mobilization process to pump sand on the island's eroded beaches.
The beach had eroded due to Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Debby.
The contractor will pump 1.2 million cubic yards of sand onto the eroded shore. The re-nourishment will cover the 5 miles of federal beach property starting on the north end of the island.
The dredge is located to the south offshore and is powered by a generator. The project's cost is roughly $16 million and is funded in part by the federal government. The remainder is split between Manatee County and the State of Florida.
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources say the dredging will take 60 days to complete. “We lose about ten to fifteen feet of beach a year, and so over about a ten to twelve year period, we need to come back and place it back. We call it sacrificial sand, because we would rather lose sand than property,” says Charles Hunsicker.
He says they will begin pumping the sand Saturday afternoon.