PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Four areas on Panama City Beach are about to get a lot more sandy.
"The dredges are arriving in the area right now," said David Demarest, Visit Panama City Beach.
The Bay County Tourist Development Council is launching it's latest beach renourishment project to combat beach erosion.
The four areas with the worst beach erosion identified by the TDC were the City Pier, the County Pier, Treasure Island and Pinnacle Port.
"It's natural process for sand to erode off the beach in waves, in storms and what we do here is we put it back on the beach and make it nice
and wide and protect us from future storms," said Demarest.
Crews are already out at the County Pier getting ready to begin dredging and construction next week. They expect to finish that section of renourishment April 7.
The City Pier dredging and construction is scheduled from April 8 through the 19. The Pinnacle Port area will be April 4 through the 9 and the Treasure Island area will be the 20 through the 27.
"First they have to identify areas with clean white sand offshore. This is sand, generally, that's washed off our beaches and into the gulf and then if those are up to quality we pump that back onto the beach," said Demarest.
All this construction has a maximum price tag of $17.8 million, but it's being paid by tourists.
"When visitors stay here short term they pay what's called the bed tax collection. That's a five cent tax so two of that five cents goes to beach renourishment, beach clean-up and helps keep our beaches beautiful," said Demarest.
It's a pricey, but long awaited project for Panama City Beach.
"For people who live and play at these locations that we've selected they've really needed and wanted that sand back on their beach. This is going to make quality of life a lot better for them," said Demarest.
The TDC expects the project to be completed by May. For more information, click here.
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