Collier beach renourishment could last until the end of the year

Sand being hauled to several Collier beaches
Posted at 10:44 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 22:45:38-05

Heavy machinery is blocking out gorgeous sunsets along Collier County beaches will be the norm until the end of 2016.

Residents like Jackie Rosenberg are starting to get used to it.

"It's nicer without it, but it hasn't bothered me because I know what the outcome will be."

County officials hope the sand hauling project will stem erosion on 6 area beaches: Vanderbilt, Sugden Park, Pelican Bay, Park Shore, and South Marco Island Beach.

The project carries a price tag of $4 million and involves hauling sand from a quarry all the way in Immokalee to the beaches.

"It's so ridiculous I can hardly begin to describe it," said Phillip Ruscitti.  

Ruscitti says the project is putting a band-aid on the larger issue of climate change.  He says it's ironic the county is using gas guzzling trucks to get the job done.

"They're burning thousands, thousands of gallons of fossil fuel and burning fossil fuel has caused the problem in the first place."

Work on the project will pause on Sundays, and on Thanksgiving.