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Palmetto contractor to restore Palmer Point Park
Palmetto contractor to restore Palmer Point Park

The Sarasota County Commission Tuesday awarded a contract to restore the southeastern portion of Palmer Point Park on the shore of Little Sarasota Bay. The approximately 2-acre spoil island site is south of Midnight Pass. 

Tampa Contracting Services Inc. of Palmetto, was awarded the $559,650 project.

Once used as a spoil disposal site by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the site was invaded by exotic Australian pine and Brazilian pepper trees.

The project will remove the invasive exotic and nuisance vegetation, remove excess dredged material and replant the shoreline and uplands area with native coastal vegetation. The project is designed to improve water quality and habitat value.

Dredged sediment will be removed from about 1.7 acres to sea level, allowing the tide to cover the entire site at times. The site will be replanted with red mangroves, live oaks and sabal pines.

Construction is expected to start later this month and be completed in September.

Funding was provided by grants from the Community Foundation and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, West Coast Inland Navigation District funds and the county’s infrastructure surtax (penny sales tax).

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.