Boca’s Beach Makeover Suspended
By Veronica Haggar
The City of Boca Raton suspended the pumping of sand onto the Central Beach as the permit approached its deadline on April 30th and turtle nesting season begins.
“Our permits with FDEP and the Army Corps of Engineers ended April 30,” said city spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson.
During the month of March, crews started pumping sand onto Boca’s Central Beach expecting to be done by the end of April. Last week, crews left unable to finish the $11 million project.
“The contractor got a late start, had many weather delays and mechanical issues,” said Gibson.
According to Gibson, after having completed about 20% of the job, crews will be back next year to finish the project. The city will not incur additional charges.
A total of 530,000 cubic yards of sand were to be pumped into Boca’s Central Beach. The sand pumped into the beach has a lifespan of approximately 10 years.