North end of Longboat Key to get new sand starting in March

LONGBOAT KEY -- The nourishment of sand on the north end of Longboat Key is expected to start early next month, according to a news release from the town of Longboat Key.

The hopper dredge Atchafalaya owned by Jay Cashman, Inc., the town’s dredging contractor, is currently on its way to Florida from New York.

Cashman will be moving equipment to the north end of the key through the Broadway Street beach access starting the first week in March. Pedestrian and beach access parking will be partially restricted in the area during the project. The North Shore Road beach access will remain closed.

The Atchafalaya is expected to arrive at the Port of Tampa on Monday. After refueling and provisioning, the dredge will undergo final inspections by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prior to sailing to Longboat Key to start dredging operations.

Sand will be placed on the beach from just south of the Broadway Street beach access to just north of the North Shore Road beach access towards Greer (Beer Can) Island. The project is expected to be completed in 90 to 120 days, weather permitting.

Beach goers are advised to stay clear of construction equipment on the beach, exercise caution, and respect access-restricted construction zones.