Beachgoers enjoy the sun and sand at Fifth Avenue South in Bradenton Beach. Anglers on the condemned groin in the distance defy a posted trespass order. This location will be the terminus for part one of a two-part renourishment project expected to begin in August. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The planned $15 million beach renourishment of Anna Maria Island between 78th Street in Holmes Beach and Fifth Avenue South in Bradenton Beach should begin by late August, said Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker.
Hunsicker said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which supervises all beach renourishment, recently received funds for beach repairs caused by Tropical Storm Debby in 2012. Anna Maria Island is included among the affected beaches. The corps said it would commit $9 million to the project.
Manatee County and the state of Florida have combined to allocate $6 million to the project.
After the 78th Street-Fifth Avenue South beaches are renourished, work crews will relocate the dredge pipes farther south to pump sand to the Coquina Beach shoreline. This project also calls for rebuilding three groins at Cortez Beach.
That is a separate project, Hunsicker said, but after the first project is finished and while the equipment is in place, the corps agreed to fund renourishment at Coquina Beach and to replace the three groins at Cortez Beach.
Combining efforts on the two projects will save about $1.1 million in setup costs, he said.
Hunsicker expects the corps to announce the bid winner for the projects in July.
Renourishment of sand to the beaches in the Bean Point area of Anna Maria is not scheduled to take place until 2014-15.
For more on the beach renourishment project, see related story, page 4.