Anna Maria Island beach renourishment project delayed a week

skennedy@bradenton.comDecember 11, 2013 

Rocks are stacked along the beach on Anna Maria Island near the Beach Cafe and Tiki Hut where beach renourishment is slated to begin in December and continue to February.TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

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MANATEE -- The start of a long-awaited beach renourishment project on central Anna Maria Island has been delayed a week, a county official said Wednesday.

The company doing the work, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill., is finishing a project south of here, said Charlie Hunsicker, county director of parks and natural resources.

"There was no delay on the county's part," Hunsicker said.

The $13 million project now is set to begin Tuesday or Wednesday, he said.

Work will start near 78th Street in Holmes Beach, and continue south 4.7 miles almost to Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, officials said previously.

The amount of sand to be pumped ashore from December to February to repair damaged beaches is expected to total 1 million cubic yards.

The sand will come from an offshore borrow area at the northern end of Anna Maria Island.

A related $3 million Coquina Beach project will follow immediately afterward. It calls for pumping about

260,000 cubic yards of sand from the sea floor onto a 2-mile section of beach.

The projects are financed with federal, state and county monies, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers serving as contracting agent.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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