PINELLAS COUNTY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to start the Pinellas County beach nourishment project at Sunshine Beach in the beginning of July.
While the specific date has not yet been determined, Pinellas County beaches will remain open throughout the project. However, public access to the active beach construction areas will be restricted.
The first active area will be at Sunshine Beach, which is the northern tip of Treasure Island. It will be followed by Sunset Beach in Treasure Island and Upham Beach and Pass-a-Grille beach in St. Pete Beach.
An estimated total of 555,000 cubic yards of sand will be used for the project at a total cost of $16.182 million.
Beach nourishment helps to preserve the county’s beaches, which are important for storm protection, tourism and nesting sea turtles and shorebirds.
For information about beach nourishment and updates on this project, go online to http://tinyurl.com/opkfjbx or www.pinellascounty.org.