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Collier bringing more sand to beaches

Posted at 10:50 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 22:50:17-04

Just a year-and-a-half after wrapping up a beach rehabilitation project in Collier County, county leaders are brining more sand to Vanderbilt Beach and Park Shore late this fall.

The price tag could range from 3 to 4 million.

"In terms of taxpayers paying for that, it's a good idea and a bad idea," said Patrick Baker of Naples.

Daniel Prieto, a Golden Gate resident, describes himself as fiscally conservative, but says protecting the beach is everyone's responsibility.

"4 and a half million is honestly a drop in the bucket compared to what most taxpayers pay on their property taxes."

Other residents say dump trucks hauling sand across town will add to the area's traffic problems, but Baker says it's worth the hassle.

"Our beaches are getting very crowded in the season, we can't even find a spot on the beach."

In December 2014, it took the county just 19 days to dump 78,000 tons of sand along beaches between 18th Avenue South and Doctor's Pass.

The sand fixed damage caused by Tropical Storm Debbie in 2012.