Treasure Island, Florida -- Dozens of people packed Treasure Island City Hall on Tuesday night to hear details on a planned beach nourishment project that will officially begin in July.
The first phase will start with Sunset Beach before moving to Upham Beach and Pass-A-Grille Beach.
When the work does begin, it will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with bulldozers and pipes lining parts of the beach. While work is active, the section of the beach will be closed to visitors while crews pump an estimated 55 cubic yards in to restore the shoreline.
Most people who live and operate businesses along those beaches welcome the restoration project, but some complain about the state's date of July 2 -- two days before the Independence Day holiday.
"Who would start on a holiday knowing that the beaches would be crowded? You would start after the fact," said a woman who attended the Tuesday night meeting.
The beach renourishment project is set to begin along several Pinellas County beaches starting on July 2. WTSP
City officials say the project is sorely needed because much of the coastline has vanished over recent years, which is an economy driver – bringing visitors to the area.
Pinellas County officials say sand ramps will provide for safe access to the north and south of actives work areas.
Work is expected to be completed by September and will cost $16.2 million.