APOLLO BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Apollo Beach residents and visitors can once again get sand between their toes at a beautiful SouthShore beach.
Hillsborough County celebrated the completion of a $1.3 million project Saturday that reduced erosion and created a two-acre beach to replace one that washed away years ago. The beach renourishment and erosion control project at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve involved 11,000 cubic yards of sand, the dredging of three nearby channels, and construction of eight erosion-control breakwaters. The sand for the beach was retrieved during the dredging project.
The wide, white-sand beach at 6767 Surfside Blvd. is expected to be a popular amenity for nearby residents and visitors. The project includes a 50-space parking lot and the creation of several sand dunes that have been landscaped with native plants.
County officials and representatives from the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group (ABWIG), which partnered with the county on the project and contributed $226,000, were in attendance at the event.