Beach renourishment completed under budget

Dredging and grading for the Navarre Beach renourishment project came to a close Sunday, June 19, at $1.8 million under the expected price.

The last of the estimated 1.3 million-cubic yards of sand dredged from the Gulf was piped to the fourth and final segment of the shoreline. Dredging began back in March.

“We are quite pleased with the efficiency of the operation,” county engineer Roger Blaylock said. “The contractor brought it in early and under budget. We have had few complaints from our leaseholders.”

The original project bid by contractor Weeks Marine Inc. was $14,920,300, but original estimates accounted for more sand and acreage than was actually needed.

“The project had certain bid items based on engineer designs,” Blaylock said. “Surveyors went out into the water with markers and they laid out the project. We estimated 1.6 million-cubic yards of sand, but we did not need that much.”

Tropical Storm Colin caused temporary flooding and delayed dredging, but the storm only caused minor loss of the shore line.

Read the full article in the June 23 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online to your community newspaper.

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