This week, a $800,000 dredging project in Clearwater Harbor has started.
Bill Morris, the director of the Marine and Aviation department, stated: â€žThe depth of the Clearwater Pass channels is supposed to be eight to 10 feet but in some places it is five and a half and six feet.â€œ
Flowing below the Sand Key Bridge, the channel is the quickest way to the Gulf of Mexico from Clearwater Harbor and much of the Intracoastal Waterway. It sees heavy boat traffic.
According to Clearwater Patch, the Clearwater Harbor area was last dredged about 10 years ago.
This dredging project calls for removing up to 70,000 cubic yards of sand from channels surrounding Clearwater Pass.
The dredging area includes the cut channels around Clearwater Point to the Beach Marina.
The contractor reports that the dredging work should be complete in about four weeks.
Dredging Today Staff, August 9, 2012