Gulfside Road Beach Access Temporarily Closed | Rowboat key


The City of Longboat Key has temporarily closed its public beach access point at 6399 Gulfside Road.

Friday’s closure is expected to last until mid-April due to work on its beach restoration project.

“It’s basically only open to residential foot traffic and the contractor is in the process of mobilizing their equipment,” said Charlie Mopps, projects manager for the town of Longboat Key.

The next closest public beach access points at 6399 Gulfside Road are about 1 mile north at 6847 Gulf of Mexico Drive and another at 100 Broadway Street.

“We are doing our best to mitigate the impacts, but at the same time we have to allow, because of the benefits this project will ultimately bring to citizens, that the work actually continues,” Mopps said.

Mopps said he expects the city to close more beach access points in the coming months.

Several contractors began work on different segments of the approximately 10.5 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline on Longboat Key.

The city plans to lay about 825,000 square feet of sand along Longboat Key’s shoreline by summer. A typical dump truck holds about 10 to 14 cubic yards. The works are expected to help stabilize the northern end of the island to combat severe erosion threatening the Greer Island area.

Sand dredging currently underway at Longboat Pass for Coquina Beach will soon shift operations and begin placing sand along the Gulfside Road area.

In mid-April, a press release from coastal engineering contractor Olsen Associates, Inc. said a separate sand dredging operation would begin sand placement along Longboat Club Road south of the St. .Regis.

At the same time, work began to build five permeable rock groynes along the shoreline at North Shore Road and Greer Island.

“[In the coming weeks,] this North Shore beach access point will probably be closed especially when they are filling these cells with beach gear just because there is so much construction activity in and around this area this place that for safety reasons, we don’t want people going out and getting hurt,” Mopps said.

Longboat Key Public Works Director Isaac Brownman said only two of the city’s 12 public beach access points will be affected by beach restoration work.

Mopps said the city’s goal is to keep beach access points open as long as possible throughout the restoration project.

Brownman acknowledged that there will be brief periods of a few hours when contractors will have to close parts of the beach itself for sand dredging.

“There are going to be minor refueling activities that are going to happen at other beach access points, and usually they are going to do that at 30 p.m. when they are not impacting the public activity,” Mopps said. .

Mopps was complimentary of each of the contractors working with the city, which includes Weeks Marine, Cottrell Contracting and the Kelly brothers. Olsen Associates, Inc. has set up a website to provide project status updates.

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