Beach Renourishment Update

The next beach renourishment project for Anna Maria Island will occur in two phases, with the second phase of interest to hoteliers and guests.  The first phase will be a project covering Coquina Beach only, beginning likely in November 2019 and lasting two months once it begins. 

The second phase will be a much larger project that long time residents will be familiar with, beginning at 77th Street in Holmes Beach and proceeding south to Longboat Pass.  This Phase 2 project will be under the construction control of the Army Corps of Engineers, who is funding 56% of the project costs and not Manatee County and the State of Florida (who are splitting the funding of approximately 46% of the remaining costs), although we will certainly monitor construction progress.

The Army Corps of Engineers are planning for construction on the beach to begin in late January/ early February 2020 and continue through June 2020.  As occurred in previous episodes, the construction equipment will progress down the beach on a 24-hour, 7-day a week schedule, with heavy activity in front of any single property not lasting longer than four days during average conditions.

Because this is a federal construction contract, the schedule of work and resolution of any complaints which may arise will be under the strict control of the Army Corps representative on site.

Many hoteliers have requested information during past projects when, on a calendar basis, the heavy equipment will operate in front of their properties so they can accommodate reservations accordingly.  The nature of work makes this very difficult to forecast much more than several weeks ahead of the work as it progresses and even then the Corps are reluctant to offer any information other than only several days before.