TREASURE ISLAND — A start date to renourish the city's beaches has been pushed back several times in the past year and now the city is asking for a few days' delay to avoid a conflict with the throngs of beachgoers expected during the Fourth of July weekend.
The city has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers whether it could begin the $16.1 million project a few days later than its current expected start.
The corps had originally scheduled sand replacement to begin in October, then May and finally July 19. But then it was bumped up to July 2.
A public meeting to discuss details of the renourishment time line will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 120 108th Ave.
Representatives from the Pinellas County Coastal Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss details meeting about replacing sand on beaches on Treasure Island and parts of St. Pete Beach.
The first sand is scheduled to be pumped onto Sunshine Beach followed by Sunset Beach.
Upham Beach and Pass-a-Grille Beach in St. Pete Beach are next.
The federal government has paid for 60 percent of Pinellas County's beach restoration projects with the remaining 40 percent paid for by state and local funds.