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Date of Issue: October 21, 2009

Sand pileup OK at Coquina

A dredge operation near Jewfish Key will use land at Coquina Beach Bayside for the stockpiling of sand.

The Bradenton Beach City Commission authorized placement of the sand Oct. 15.

Manatee County officials already agreed to the retention of the sand at the bayside site, which has been used for dredge operations in the past.

Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert said the sand would be stored just north of a playground and a fence would go up in advance of the operation.

Earlier this month, the county board of commissioners voted to request that the West Coast Inland Navigation District move forward with excavating a severely restrictive shoal east and southeast of Jewfish Key.

The Army Corps of Engineers had notified the county that it planned a dredging project in the area next year, but commissioners agreed that a public-safety issue exists now.

About 10,000 cubic yards of sediment would be removed in the operation. The dredge material is expected to be beach-quality sand, but a recipient has not been designated.

Sam Johnston of Independent Environmental Consultants represented WCIND at the Bradenton Beach commission meeting last week.

“This,” he said, “is a very high-priority issue, with winter conditions coming on us.”