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Pinellas beaches are getting a $51 million makeover

Drone video shows how beaches have tripled
Posted: 6:37 PM, Aug 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-30 22:41:01Z

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — 12 miles of Pinellas County coastline is getting 120 feet of new sand added to the shore.

Crews from the Army Corp of Engineers are tripling the size of the shoreline from just South of Clearwater to Treasure Island.

The renourishment project comes after Hurricanes Hermine and Irma pummeled the shore, leaving beachgoers with just a tiny strip of beach.

"Everyone was scrunched up in one area," beach visitor Deborah Moore recalled.

Dani Walton and her kids were shocked to see the difference crews are making now.

“When we walked down here and saw it was all white, sandy and beautiful, wow, it makes a huge difference! We have a lot more room to walk around and for the kids to play," Walton explained.

The $51 million dollar project will wrap up in mid-October, and county leaders hope this hurricane season we’ll catch a break. 

“It’d be nice if the hurricanes gave us a couple years off," county leader John Bishop said with a chuckle.