The sand fill at the beach access at Middle Beach is now higher than the original level when the stairs were built.
The road along Middle (Blind Pass) Beach will no longer have water lapping at it during rough waves.
Sarasota County is in the finishing stage of their portion of the Manasota Key Beach Nourishment Project just in time for sea turtle nesting season. The width of the sand was pumped to 84 feet with some of that slipping back under the waterline, so design width of the beach width was planned to be 50 feet which narrows to 40 feet at the very northern end to avoid impacting adjacent hardbottom resources. The beach nourishment project started in Charlotte County on March 2 of this year and has proceeded in a timely manner to finish before May 1 in Sarasota County. Great Lakes Dredging Company now moves to the final section of sand nourishment on Knight/Don Pedro Island. The total project cost, which includes both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, will cost approximately $8.6 million. Beachgoers will enjoy more room on the sand when public beaches reopen!