NORTH NAPLES — Crews could begin moving equipment to Clam Pass as early as today for the expected start of a job to reopen the sand-choked inlet.
The Pelican Bay Services Division, an arm of county government, signed a $200,000 contract with Kyle Construction last week to do the work.
The job will involve using large track hoes to scoop out the sand and then put it on adjacent eroded beaches at Pelican Bay and the county’s Clam Pass Park.
The plan is to drive the hoes down the beach from the Vanderbilt Beach access point and then have them ready to start work as soon as environmental permits are in hand. It is unclear when work would start.
The county is waiting for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and an existing permit from the state Department of Enviromental Protection must be modified before work can begin.
Clam Pass has been closed since late last year, raising worries about the health of the Clam Bay estuary and prompting a volunteer shovel brigade to try to dig out the pass.