Treasure Island to close Sunset Beach for emergency dune restoration project

Beachgoers should expect closures to last for at least a month.
A portion of Sunset Beach is seen before and after Hurricane Idalia.
A portion of Sunset Beach is seen before and after Hurricane Idalia. [ Photo courtesy of Ping Wang ]
Published Sept. 19|Updated Sept. 20

Treasure Island has announced closures along Sunset Beach while the city works to restore badly damaged dunes after Hurricane Idalia.

An ongoing battle between Pinellas County and the Army Corps of Engineers over perpetual easement agreements halted beach renourishment projects in Sand Key, Treasure Island and Long Key.

Last week, county officials found renewed optimism about funding the full cost of restoring eroded beaches, bolstered by a new analysis from county staff.

Now, the city of Treasure Island and the county are moving ahead to restore portions of Sunset Beach.

Closures will begin Wednesday for emergency beach dune restoration south of Caddy’s, 9000 West Gulf Blvd.

To ensure public safety, parking lots and beach access will be closed during construction, which is expected to last at least one month, according to a Tuesday news release.

The city says it is still working with some homeowners to get temporary construction easements signed for the project.

The city asks that affected property owners email questions about the temporary easements to