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Collier County Begins Wiggins Pass Dredging Project

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Collier County begins a dredging project in Wiggins Pass and plans to dredge Doctors Pass. Collier County Coastal Director Andy Miller said sections of the sand inlets were filled with sand, making it difficult for boaters to navigate in shallow water.

“We wanted to be able to get boats in and out here without having to worry about hitting shallow water or running aground on a sandy beach,” Miller said.

The county will spend a total of about $2.1 million on both projects. Workers will transfer that sand back to surrounding beaches.

“And so when we got phone calls and emails about situations like that happening, we started planning to clean things up,” she said.

The project will deepen the channels and make the surrounding beaches stronger. The county typically completes these dredging projects every four years after receiving complaints from boaters. Currents parallel to the coast tend to pull sand away from the beach and move it south or north, says Miller.

“We try to keep it nice and safe for boaters, especially in season because boaters are more congested,” says Miller.

Boaters are advised to exercise caution when maneuvering near dredging equipment. The Wiggins Pass project is expected to end in early March.

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2022/01/27/collier-county-begins-dredging-project-at-wiggins-pass/ Collier County Begins Wiggins Pass Dredging Project

Tom Vazquez

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