MANATEE -- The $4.41 million Manatee County project to replace three groins and address sand erosion along Cortez Beach began Monday.
Groins are pier-like structures that help hold beach sand in place.
Construction activities will progress north to south one groin at a time. About 400-feet of beach will be closed at a time for construction, equipment storage and safety buffers.
Construction will occur during daytime on weekdays and weekend construction could occur at any time.
Beach and staging areas near the northern groin at Sixth Street South will be closed by the end of the weekend, according to the report, and will remain closed for up to three months along Gulf Drive South between Fifth Street South and Seventh Street South.
Other groins are at 10th Street South and just south of 13th Street South.
Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department director, has previously said construction will be completed in about nine months.