Anna Maria Island beach renourishment to start this week

skennedy@bradenton.comDecember 18, 2013 

MANATEE — Dredging is expected to start on Anna Maria Island late Thursday or early Friday as part of a beach renourishment project, officials said Wednesday.

The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, will be towing a dredge barge to a borrow area that will supply the sand, according to Michelle Pfeiffer, an engineer for Coastal Planning and Engineering, Inc., Manatee County’s engineering consulting firm.

The offshore borrow area is located at the northern end of Anna Maria Island.

She estimated that between 813,000 and 921,000 cubic yards of sand will be required as part of the $13 million project.

Work on the project is slated to start at Holmes Beach near 78th Street and continue south 4.7 miles to Bradenton Beach.

“Shore pipe and equipment will continue to be mobilized to Anna Maria Island throughout the week,” said Pfeiffer in an update email message to county officials.

Other signs of the impending start of the project included piping along the beach in some places. Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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