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Date of Issue: December 23, 2009

Dredged sand sent to Palma Sola

In the past two years, the Palma Sola Causeway has received two sand nourishments, the first such improvements since the causeway was created in the 1950s.

On Dec. 14, 8 tons of beach-compatible sand was brought from the SandBlast 2009 competition at Bradenton Beach to the northeast shore of the causeway on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue.

In January, the West Coast Inland Navigation District will truck to the causeway 6,250 tons of sand dredged from a channel near Jewfish Key in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

The sand will be graded along the causeway beaches by the Florida Department of Transportation across both sides of Manatee Avenue.

Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid McClellan said Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie recommended KMB inquire about the sand, and that helped start the nourishment process.

“Because the DOT is doing the grading, no one has to be paid from a private contractor,” McClellan said.

An additional 6,250 tons of dredged sand will be trucked to the DOT storage yard on S.R. 64, east of I-75.

“Since the sand was added in 2007, there has been some erosion,” McClellan said. “This new sand will add more sandy shoreline, versus shell or grass.”

In addition, the causeway will receive 1,800 feet of 1-inch-diameter white rope that will replace rope stolen from the causeway. To prevent theft, McClellan said the plan is to install 15-foot segments connected by bollards around landscaped islands.

Keep Manatee Beautiful purchased the rope for $2,550. And Gary Kinder, of the Bradenton Public Works Department, arranged to have the rope picked up from Marine Surplus in Sarasota.

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