Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Rue Dredge's Return; Contractor Must Dismantle Pipe and Complete Sand Removal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Rue Dredge's Return; Contractor Must Dismantle Pipe and Complete Sand Removal

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Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL

Palm Valley residents got a brief respite from the noise, sounds and diesel smell of the dredge on the Intracoastal Waterway when it moved north earlier this month. But now the dredge is back, and residents are wondering why.

Claudia Oltean, who could see the device from her kitchen windows, was relieved to see it move on and wasn't expecting it to return.

"We're so unhappy," Oltean said.

Barry Vorse, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said the dredging project in Palm Valley is almost complete. He said the dredge temporarily moved back to Palm Valley after finishing work near the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge a few weeks ago.

The dredge is back so the contractor can dismantle the pipeline that carried the dredged material to a 15-acre site just west of Davis Park, said Palm Valley Community Association President Greg Leonard, who receives weekly dredging updates from the contractor.

The 11-mile dredging project, which began in late November , will cost $7. …

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