TREASURE ISLAND – With construction set to begin next month on replacing Treasure Island’s 46-year-old beach trail, a special stakeholders meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m., at Treasure Island City Hall.
The purpose is to give information on the project to property owners, motels and businesses, and residents that will be affected by reconstruction of the Beach Trail.
The contractor, Biltmore Construction; the architect engineer, Graham Booth Landscape Architects; and city staff will present the project and discuss what can be expected as far as construction, temporary access, working hours, and project duration.
The .85-mile trail, which runs from 103rd to 119th avenues, was first built in 1966 and widened in 1998.
Beach trail upgrading was identified in a visioning survey of Treasure Island residents last year as the top “to-do” project.
A brief timeline of the beach trail replacement project so far:
• The beach trail project was bid and awarded to Biltmore at the Aug. 21 meeting.
• The Florida Department of Environmental Protection permit for construction of the beach trail was received by the city on Aug. 31. The city, per FDEP requirements, advertised the permit on Sunday, Sept. 2. A 21-day public comment period began on this day.
• The project is expected to take 90 days to complete once work begins. Work is expected to begin in October of this year.
• Currently only the portions of the trail owned by Treasure Island are going to be constructed. The St. Petersburg Municipal Beach portion is not currently permitted by the FDEP nor is an agreement in place with St. Petersburg to construct that portion.
• The total project cost is $1.6 million including the cost of the architect engineering.
Treasure Island city hall is at 120 108th Ave.
The meeting will be cablecast in Treasure Island on TITV615.