Commission could reconsider Marco beach renourishment project

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Joanne Zumpano, right, and her sister Sharon Hamad, both from Ohio, read books as they sun themselves on the edge of the water at the beach at Lowdermilk Park on Tuesday in Naples. Collier County commissioners voted to seek permits for beach renourishment projects for Marco Island and Naples. The projects will cost $3 million for Marco Island and $31 million for Naples and which will begin in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Commissioner Georgia Hiller was the one dissenting vote.

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Lexey Swall/Staff Joanne Zumpano, right, and her sister Sharon Hamad, both from Ohio, read books as they sun themselves on the edge of the water at the beach at Lowdermilk Park on Tuesday in Naples. Collier County commissioners voted to seek permits for beach renourishment projects for Marco Island and Naples. The projects will cost $3 million for Marco Island and $31 million for Naples and which will begin in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Commissioner Georgia Hiller was the one dissenting vote.

Tom Henning 
 District 3 Commissioner 
 Collier County Commission

Tom Henning District 3 Commissioner Collier County Commission

Collier Commissioner Tom Henning is having second thoughts about moving forward with a beach renourishment project on Marco Island later this year.

Henning is expected to ask commissioners at today's meeting to reconsider their 4-1 vote in April in favor of the Marco project and a much larger project to put more sand on beaches in Naples, Park Shore and Vanderbilt Beach.

If three of five commissioners agree to reconsider the matter, the reconsideration would have to take place no later than the board's first meeting in June.

The Marco project is expected to cost $3 million to add sand to the southernmost stretch of Marco Island's beach and rebuild structures to hold the sand in place.

After the April vote, Henning said he heard from islanders that the beach project is unnecessary. Henning checked it out and agrees the Marco beach has plenty of sand, he said.

The money could be better spent on the project in mainland Collier County, especially Vanderbilt Beach, where erosion is more troublesome, Henning said.

"I'm wondering if we're really spending the money wisely," Henning said.

In April, Commissioner Georgia Hiller cast the lone dissenting vote on the beach projects, saying a plan to get permits for a $31 million mainland project is too expensive.

The larger project, to kick off in 2013, would add 63 percent more sand to Naples, Park Shore and Vanderbilt than the last project in 2006. More sand would extend the life of the beach renourishment and cost less in the long run, supporters argued.

The project also would add sand to Clam Pass Park, repair erosion on Barefoot Beach and reduce downdrift erosion by removing groins on Park Shore Beach and adding a spur to the jetty at Doctors Pass.

Budget trackers project that the county will have just $16.5 million in tourist tax money saved up by 2013 for the $31 million project and would have to either cut costs or get state grants or federal reimbursements for emergency storm repair to do the larger project.

In addition to beach renourishment, here are some things to be watching for at Tuesday's Collier County Commission meeting:

Henning also is expected to ask for a reconsideration of the April 10 board vote on the response to Collier County Clerk Dwight Brock's internal audit of the Marco Island Executive Airport's taxiway project.

Commissioners will vote on a corrected employment agreement between the Bayshore Community Redevelopment Agency and Executive Director David Jackson, which would incorporate a previous CRA board approved 4-year extension of Jackson's term.

Commissioners will vote on a recommendation to bring back for future consideration an amendment to the impact fee ordinance. The amendment would eliminate outdated provisions in the developer contribution credit portion, which relates to time limitations for credit reimbursements and requirements for forfeiture of credits.

Commissioners will vote on a recommendation to lease the Bayshore CRA's current office space for 24 months at $15,576 a year.

(Staff Writer Katherine Albers contributed to this report.)

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NaplesFly writes:

What about Hideaway Beach on Marco..? I heard a story last night that Marco and the Owner's of the condos at Hideaway Beach are looking for Collier County to chip in $1 million to "save their condos" by re nourishing the beach.

Because you bought a condo on a piece of property that mother nature continually shifts and adjusts....you want the taxpayers of Collier County to be your insurance safety net..?????

Collier Commissioners.....PLEASE do not waste our tax dollars on this...!!!!!!!!

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

Think that kiddie corral can discuss this intelligently?
I guess that Henning is going to rub their nose in the Marco Airport deal.

Notahiredblogger writes:

This comment is so good it deserves repeating!
Thanks NaplesFly!

Because you bought a condo on a piece of property that mother nature continually shifts and adjusts....you want the taxpayers of Collier County to be your insurance safety net..?????

Because you bought a condo on a piece of property that mother nature continually shifts and adjusts....you want the taxpayers of Collier County to be your insurance safety net..?????

Because you bought a condo on a piece of property that mother nature continually shifts and adjusts....you want the taxpayers of Collier County to be your insurance safety net..?????

staghorn writes:

since it is for that republican majority of collier county, especially marco island, will this be a "pay-as-you-go" program if funded? just where will the funds for this program come from? do those pesky republicans really believe in transparent funding? i think they should get a taste of their own medicine and be told .....NO!

as that great half-term governor sarah palin once said, "sounds like socialism to me."

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