By Cindy Lane
sun staff writer
LONGBOAT KEY The northern
tip of Longboat Key, where sand is shifting from
the Gulf side to the bay side, may not be included
in the beach renourishment scheduled to begin
When the permitting process began two years ago,
the northern end of the Key at Longboat Pass didnt
need any sand, said Cliff Truitt, the beach technical
advisor for the Town of Longboat Key.
But an active 2004 storm season accelerated the
natural erosion of sand from the Gulf side to
the bay side, taking 100 to 150 feet of sand from
the Gulf beach near the North Shore Road beach
access, he said.
"Its not part of the permit, but were
trying to go back to add it in," he said.
"We dont know if well be able
to do it before the contractor is finished with
the project six months from now."
The erosion is so severe that the beach access
has been closed to prevent beachgoers from injuring
themselves on what has become a six-foot drop
off, he said. The next closest recommended beach
access is at Broadway about one-quarter of a mile
to the south, he said.
The $20 million project will renourish about 90
percent of the Keys coastline, pumping sand
from sites in the Gulf of Mexico through pipes
onto the beach.
Manson Construction, the beach renourishment contractor,
plans to bring pipes to the 3300 block of the
Key this week, where pipe assembly will begin.
A dredge will follow shortly.
It will be at least three months before the Town
is informed whether the permit can be modified,