Collier County changes route of beach food trucks leaving Naples

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Collier County has changed the route that trucks take through city neighborhoods after dumping sand on Naples beaches for a renovation project that began last week.

After complaints from city council members and residents of Naples, the county changed the route from Mooring Line Drive to Fourth Avenue North, the county announced in a Press release this week.

City Councilor Mike McCabe said at a recent council meeting that the county should diversify its routes to share the burden of increased traffic and noise caused by hundreds of trucks.

“Mooring Line Drive had it all in November of last year and they have it again,” he said on November 3.

Naples beaches are getting more sand as part of a beach renovation project using sand from a mine near Immokalee.  County commissioners have agreed to spend $ 5 million on the project.

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City Councilor Ray Christman said the county should consider using North Fourth Avenue despite its possible impacts on the NCH ​​Baker Hospital.

“Unfortunately, there are no good choices here,” he said at the meeting.

Councilor Gary Price said, “I would argue that I think back to Fourth Avenue (North) and that they take some of that responsibility.”

The county’s beach renovation project began last week by hauling sand from Stewart Mines to Immokalee and extending it over a 3 km section of Naples beach from Lowdermilk Park near the Naples Pier.

About 200 trucks a day travel from the Stewart mine to Immokalee to Third Avenue North Beach Access Point.

From the mine, trucks will continue to travel south on Interstate 75, west on Golden Gate Parkway, south on US 41, west on Banyan Boulevard, and south on Gulf Shore Boulevard until reaching Third Avenue North where they will unload on the beach.

Empty trucks will drive north on Gulf Shore Boulevard, east on Fourth Avenue North, north on US 41, east on Golden Gate Parkway and back to I-75.

Updated Map of Collier County Beach Renovation Project Truck Routes 2021-2022

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The approximately $ 5 million project involves the spreading of 268,500 tonnes of sand on the beaches of Naples and Collier County to revitalize their shores. The first section under renovation is in Naples and is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

In early December, the operation will continue north in a section of 1.3 miles Vanderbilt Beach south of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park south of Vanderbilt Beach Road.

This section of the project will not use city streets and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Trucks will use Vanderbilt Beach Road to get to the beach.

In January, the crews will renew a section of nearly half a mile of Pelican Bay Private Beach. Pelican Bay will support the $ 330,000.

The entire project is expected to be completed in mid-January with breaks for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays. Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Contact Omar at omar.rodriguezortiz@naplesnews.com and on Twitter as @Omar_fromPR. Support his work by subscribe to Naples Daily News.

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