BRADENTON BEACH -- A complex, two-part beach renourishment project has ended ahead of schedule at Anna Maria Island, and the contractor is in the process of winding down operations, officials said Tuesday.
The dredge barge The California finished dredging operations late Sunday, and has been towed to Egmont Key, from where it will go on to another job, according to Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County director of parks and natural resources.
Asked if he would be celebrating the conclusion of beach renourishment after months of construction, Hunsicker replied, I, like many islanders and Manatee residents, now look forward to spending some great weekends enjoying the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico from the sandy shores of Anna Maria Island.
Approximately 265,000 cubic yards of sand was pumped onto eroded beaches from Bradenton Beach south to Longboat Pass during the second phase of the project, according to coastal engineer Michelle R. Pfeiffer.
Earlier this year, the crew also finished adding new sand on beaches between 78th Street in Holmes Beach and Fifth Street South in Bradenton Beach.