Anna Maria Island beach restoration will take place about every 10 yrs at ten million dollars each time. WOW!
If you never seen it done it is definitely a sight to see.
A submerged pipe of up to five miles long will bring dredged sand from the barge to the beach and a bulldozer and front-end loader will spread the sand on the beach.
Workers are able to do about a city block in a week. The beach will expand from an eroded width of about 50 ft. to about a hundred fifty feet wide.
For the shell lovers this is a great time to fine sharks teeth and maybe even some old relics like musket balls - you never know!
The beach was last restored in spring of 2002. Restoration projects from Coquina Beach to Longboat Pass, plus a smaller project near the Sandbar restaurant on the north end of Anna Maria Island were completed in spring of 2011 .
The next major beach restoration project is planned for 2014-2015 and will restock eroded beaches throughout Anna Maria Island.