Volunteers dig to save Clam Pass
NAPLES - Dozens of kids and adults dug in to help save Clam Pass in Naples on Wednesday.
"It just seemed like it was a shame nothing was getting done," said Rod McKay, who started the project with his son last weekend.
Sand has clogged the pass since stormed passed over the area during the summer, and erased the estuary that connects the bay to the Gulf of Mexico.
Volunteers are worried that if it is not repaired, the bay will deteriorate.
"You're going to get algae blooms. You could start seeing fish kill. There's a lot of migrating mullet that come in here," said Naples resident
Collier County Commissioner Georgia Hiller recently stepped in to get the process moving more quickly by turning over management of the project to another department.
Pelican Bay Services Division is expected to ask for an emergency permit to begin dredging more quickly, yet the work will not start right away.
"(It) will be based on the Amy Corp. of Engineers and the state," said Hiller. "I'm convinced that they have our best interest at heart. They will do everything they can to hasten the approval of the revised permit."
Commissioner Hiller tells Fox 4 that the goal is to have Clam Pass open no later than may.