Captiva Erosion Prevention District Beach Tilling Begins Monday, January 9.
The Captiva Erosion Prevention District issued the following news release.
“The Captiva Erosion Prevention District will till the sand placed in the 2013/14 renourishment project starting in January 2017. The staging area for the contractor is the Alison Hagerup parking lot. The work is being performed by Perry’s Beach Service of Fort Myers, Florida.
Tilling is scheduled to begin the morning of January 9 and proceed north to Redfish Pass. After completing this segment, work will continue south of Hagerup Beach to Blind Pass. All work is estimated to be completed by the end of the day, January 13, weather permitting. All operations will occur during daylight hours.
Tilling is permit-required to lessen the impact of compacted sand on sea turtle nesting and hatching activities. The turtles prefer soft sand for digging their nests and laying their eggs. The work is scheduled so that it will not interfere with piping plover nesting, which begins February 1, and sea turtle nesting, which begins May 1.
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 25,600 linear feet of renourished beach to a minimum depth of 36 inches. 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.
Residents, beachgoers, and businesses are required to remove all obstructions, including umbrellas, chairs, and canopies, between the dunes and high tide lines, that might interfere with the work. 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 CEPD by calling 239-472-2472, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”