The Turkey Bay, Wiggins Channel and Caxambas Pass Dredging Project received a notice to proceed this week and the contractor has started mobilizing equipment. Crews plan to begin dredging at Wiggins Channel then proceed to Turkey Bay and finish up at Caxambas Pass. The $2.35 million project is expected to be completed in Spring 2020. The Board of County Commissioners awarded the contract to Florida Dredge and Dock, LLC at their November 12th, 2019 meeting.
Sand dredged from Wiggins Channel and Turkey Bay will be pumped to the nearshore (tidal zone) south of Barefoot Beach to help replenish eroded sand from that area. Sand dredged from Caxambas Pass will be placed in the upland area on South Marco Beach to help replenish that area. Crews plan to work around the clock to complete the project as quickly as possible.
Money for the project is allocated from two sources. Tourist Development funds are covering the Wiggins Channel dredge and the Caxambas Pass dredge/South Marco re-nourishment work; Turkey Bay dredge is funded from Vanderbilt Waterways MSTU. There is also a plan to request partial reimbursement for the Wiggins Channel and Caxambas Pass work through the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Local Government Funding Program.
For more information contact Project Manager Clint Perryman at Clinton.Perryman@colliercountyfl.gov or 239-252-4245.