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Sand work to begin on southern Pinellas beaches

By Wayne Ayers, Tampa Bay Newspapers Correspondent

Sand nourishment for the beaches from Indian Rocks Beach northward will likely not happen until the late fall, according to the latest schedule from Pinellas County.

Two factors have caused the beach nourishment to be delayed. One, the proposed start was pushed back from late November 2017 until this spring for to the county to deal with issues from Hurricane Irma.

The other factor that will affect the timing of the beach nourishment from Indian Rocks Beach to Sand Key/Clearwater is the projectís starting location. For the first time, it will begin in the southern part of the Pinellas beach strip at Treasure Island, and work northward. Previous beach nourishments have begun at Sand Key and progressed south.

The latest schedule for beach nourishment from the countyís website shows the project starting in Treasure Island in mid-April and finishing at the Ultimar condo in Clearwater/Sand Key the first of December. The Treasure Island project is scheduled to last a month and a half, wrapping up at the end of May.

The nourishment project will jump to Redington Beach around June 1, skipping Madeira Beach, which uses groins to control erosion and does not need sand.