Barefoot Beach in Collier is getting an update
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.– Barefoot Beach in Collier County is getting a makeover.
The beach will be getting a new boardwalk as well as repairs to the five waterfront pavilions.
Michael Cherbini, Project Manager for Parks and Recreation in Collier County, said crews were expected to start the project on Monday. However, due to material shortages there has been a delay.
“We are dealing with some material shortages so you may not see immediate construction. Perhaps just demolition to begin with until we can get the materials on site,” Cherbini said.
They plan to start with the pavilions.
“They’re aged in the best of days and did sustain heavy damage during the several storms we have had over there in the last couple years including Irma,” Cherbini said.
Beachgoers covet a seat under these pavilions. Seasonal Resident Robert Breakell gets here early to secure his spot.
“You gotta get here early in the morning if you want to have it for the day.” Breakell said.
Cherbini said their goal is to finish the pavilion repairs ahead of sea turtle season, which starts May 1 and continues to the end of October.
“If we are forced to do something past the May time frame we would act accordingly and use the proper monitoring techniques as required by the regulated agencies,” Cherbini said.
Crews will also be tearing down the board walk and replacing it with Brazilian hardwood.
Within the next 60 days there will be a lot of changes on the beach, especially to parking.
“Parking is a premium,” Breakell said.
While the beach access point is under construction, crews will be using anywhere from 6 to 10 spots for their materials and equipment.
Collier County said the goal is to have this project completed by Memorial Day Weekend.
The project was funded by the Tourist Develpment Council and will run close to $300,000.