C.R. McCaskill completes Longboat Key beachfill

After months of work, Weeks Marine Dredging Division has safely and successfully completed over four miles of beach replenishment in Longboat Key, Florida.

The town’s $35 million beach renourishment project that began mid-March will provide further storm surge protection and improve wildlife habitats for sea turtles and shorebirds.

The project included two contractors for the sand pumping operations along different segments of the island, and the third one for the construction of rock groins to help with the erosion.

For the final stage of this beach renourishment project (Segment 1), Weeks Marine brought in their dredge C.R. McCaskill. In just two weeks time the C.R. McCaskill pumped some 200,000 cubic yards of sand onto the beach (Greer Island to Broadway St.).

The C.R. McCaskill is a 30” cutter suction dredge, comparable to the E.W. Ellefsen that was used for beach Segments 2 and 3 of the Longboat Key project.

Photo: Weeks Marine