Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Collier Creek Dredging Project Update

Photo by Steve Stefanides

Photo by Steve Stefanides

Hurricane Irma’s fingerprints can still be seen around Southwest Florida if you know where to look, but all in all the island, along with the remainder of the Gulf Coast, have been making a very steady recovery and looking beautiful.

One area of concern has centered on the entrance of Collier Creek, which is used by about one third of Marco’s boating community, and efforts to insure it is safe to traverse for resident and visiting boaters. Earlier this week, Collier County began a dredging project to insure that navigating that waterway is safe.

Ben Farnsworth, president of Board of Villa De Marco West, was extremely pleased that the work had begun. “This is great news for all of our owners and the entire community of Marco Island,” said Farnsworth.



He was joined on Tuesday morning by Bryan King, an environmental specialist with Collier County, Doug Block with Coastal Engineering, and building manager Heather Hassell. They all proudly watched as the work proceeded.

City Councilman Bob Brown was elated with the progress made by the county, and specifically Gary McAlpin, the Director for Collier County Coastal Management and his staff who helped to fast track the permitting process with the appropriate agencies. “The people on Marco should be very appreciative of Gary’s dedication to making this happen with such speed and efficiency,” said Brown, who also serves as a member of the Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee.

Ben Farnsworth, Bryan King, Doug Block and Heather Hassel Photos by Steve Stefanides

Ben Farnsworth, Bryan King, Doug Block and Heather Hassel Photos by Steve Stefanides

The project should take approximately one month and remove 14,000 cubic yards of material from the mouth of Collier Creek, extending approximately 1,000 yards down the creek towards Collier Bay.

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