Clam Pass Dredge Project Underway: Beach Park Remains Open

Naples, Fla. (July 20, 2017) - A dredging maintenance project to restore the inlet at Clam Pass began July 20 and will last for 30 days. Last week, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners declared that emergency conditions existed at Clam Pass and authorized Donald Dachuk Tractor Service to mechanically dredge the pass.

Recent record rainfall and severe storms in the Gulf of Mexico have contributed to inlet instability. The storms pushed a portion of the ebb shoal onto the beach, creating a spit that pushes the inlet to the north. In addition, wave action has eroded a portion of the upland beach causing a steep escarpment that will require re-grading to a more natural slope.

To avoid further impacts to Clam Pass, engineering firm Humiston & Moore recommended excavation of the recently formed spit, which will restore the inlet channel to its original permitted location, refilling the channel that has meandered, and re-grading the inlet banks to the original permitted design.

For safety purposes, the construction site at the Clam Pass inlet will be closed to the public. Disruptions at Clam Pass Park will be minimal; however, areas of the beach may need to be closed from time to time when sand is moved and placed on the beach.

Weather permitting, contractors will work during daylight hours only until dusk seven days a week. The project is expected to be completed in less than 30 days.

Collier County has a 10-year permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that permits the County to perform maintenance dredging in the Clam Bay Natural Resources Protection Area, a 560-acre estuarine system consisting of beaches, shallow bays, tidal creeks, seagrass beds, mangrove forests and Clam Pass.

The entire project is expected to cost $112,100, including engineering, permitting and other fees. The project is funded with Tourist Development Tax dollars. The Pelican Bay Foundation will reimburse Collier County for the proportionate share of any sand that it receives on its beach.

For more information, contact Public Information Coordinator Kate Albers at (239) 252-8579.

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