LONGBOAT KEY – The Greer Island beach east of the Longboat Pass Bridge is closed for about three weeks during a dredging project, then will open for recreational use – except to motorboats, according to an announcement posted on the town’s website.
The beach closure is due to an emergency dredge project to provide access to the lagoon area of Greer Island, also known as Beer Can Island.
The project is in the same area of Greer Island that the town commission recently decided to permanently close to boaters.
Officials approved the permanent closure to protect people who swim and lounge in the shallow waters off Greer Island from boaters. After the dredging project is completed, buoys will be placed to mark the areas where motorboats are prohibited.
“These areas will then be limited to beachgoers, waders, kayakers, paddleboarders and other non-motorized vessels,” according to the announcement.