Beach renourishment makes headway

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Two bulldozers level sand pumped from a barge offshore to the beach at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. The project paused Aug. 7 for 7-10 days for contractors to relocate pipes to the beach near 34th Street in Holmes Beach. There, a second dredge will be added as a booster, as the equipment and the pumping approaches Bradenton Beach. The beach construction is part of a $17.3 million renourishment project, restoring sand on the shoreline lost to storms and high tides. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen