Treasure Island, Florida — A large beach renewal project is underway in Pinellas County and it's something beach goers are noticing.
It includes Sunshine, Sunset, Upham and Pass-A-Grille beaches. Bulldozers, pipes and other heavy equipment are on the sand to help prevent erosion along the Gulf Coast.
10 News has been keeping an eye on this project even before it started, and it turns out, it is already behind schedule. The project started at the south end of Sunshine Beach and has moved several hundred feet north.
However, vacationers like Michael Hecaert and Brinkley Born, who came all the way from Kansas to take a long walk on Sunshine Beach in Treasure Island, are having to cut that walk short.
"It'd be an interruption to the vacation for sure," Hecaert said.
The Treasure Island Beach Renourishment Project started just over a week ago, and it's already had several weather delays. This weekend and up until Monday, the project has been at a standstill. The bulldozers that should be pushing sand back and forth are silent, and the sand pump is waiting for a large machine part to be replaced. That means the $16 million project that's supposed to end in mid-September may be pushed back.
But Norman Weiner, who just moved to Treasure Island, doesn't say it's all bad.
"It's a little harder to walk," Weiner said. "[But] it'll make the beach much bigger, much wider."
We've spoken with Pinellas County Coastal Management and they say the project is supposed to be up and running later today.