Dredging at Clam Pass could begin on Monday
NAPLES, Fla.- The wait is over! Dredging at Clam Pass in Collier County could begin as early as Monday. The county is just waiting on a construction site inspection.
Collier County Commissioner Georgia Hiller announced Thursday afternoon they received an emergency permit to reopen Clam Pass and equipment is in place to get started.
Fox 4 first told you in January about how those on the beach used shovels to dig at Clam Pass. Even kids with toy shovels started digging. Sand has clogged the pass since a storm passed over the summer and erased the estuary that connects the bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Some worried if the pass wasn't fixed it could harm the ecosystem there.
Those at Clam Pass Park in Naples were very excited to learn about the news.
"I'm talking state, army corps, Fish and Wildlife, the county and the public...this was truly an amazing collaboration," said Commissioner Georgia Hiller.
Once the work is started, dredging will continue 24 hours a day. The hope is it will be complete in 30 days, but could be done as early as 15 days.