The Town of Longboat Key has just released the latest update from the 2016 Beach Nourishment Project.
The beachfill scheme, which continues to progress ahead of schedule, will be temporarily suspended during Independence Day weekend, July 1-4.
Work in Segment 4, between the access point at Gulfshore/Buttonwood Cove (3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive) and the 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, should be completed by mid-July.
By June 21, over 240,000 tons of sand had been delivered to Longboat Key since the project started in April.
The biologists have documented 499 sea turtle nests on Longboat Key as of June 21. Eighty-two nests have been relocated from upcoming construction areas to safe areas of the beach where construction activity will not disturb the nests.
This beach nourishment project will enhance storm protection and recreation, while creating more beach habitat for nesting sea turtles and shorebirds.
Sand for some portions of the beach will be delivered by truck, while other areas will receive sand dredged from Longboat Pass and New Pass.