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Beach tilling project on Captiva to begin next week

By Staff | Dec 31, 2014

Special to The Breeze

news@breezenewspapers.com

Beach tilling begins Jan. 5 on the renourished portion of Captiva. Work moves to the north end of Captiva on Jan. 6 and moves south toward Blind Pass. The work is being performed by Advantage Construction Group of North Port. It is projected to take a total of a week, weather permitting.

The project includes tilling and dressing the sand and leveling any escarpment that exceeds 18 inches in height and is more than 100 feet long. A tractor pulling a rake with tines will till the approximately 30,350 linear feet of renourished beach to a minimum depth of 36 inches. Operations will be conducted between dawn and dusk. The use of horns, whistles, and signals will be kept to a minimum to ensure a quiet operation while maintaining job site safety. There will be minimal disruption to traffic on roads adjacent to the beach.

Locals and visitors are asked to remove beach obstructions that might interfere with the work, including umbrellas, chairs, and canopies.

Beachgoers are asked to avoid the area where tilling is being done until the tractor is a safe distance away and to heed all signs and instructions from tilling personnel.

Questions should be directed to the Captiva Erosion Prevention District by calling (239) 472-2472, or by emailing mycepd@mycepd.com.

About the CEPD

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District is an independent special beach and shore preservation district under the provision of chapter 161.32 of the Florida Statutes. It is governed by an independently elected board possessed of broad powers to do as necessary or desirable to carry out the CEPD comprehensive beach and shore preservation program. The CEPD provides beach erosion control and preservation activities for the protection, preservation and restoration of Captiva’s sandy beach. The CEPD’s jurisdiction includes all lands within the tidal waters of Captiva Island.