If you frequent Gandy Beach you will see some changes this week as Pinellas County is taking measures to protect the area after things "are getting out of hand" according to officials
The sandy area that parallels Gandy Boulevard is technically a state right of way, which is why the Florida Department of Transportation takes care of it.
FDOT officials have been alerted to the condition of the area which is the cause for the recent changes.
Garbage constantly piles up at the numerous trash cans, litter is left in the sand or floating in the water, the mangroves are being damaged by people and cars and branches are snapped, burned and cut.
"We've been told about illegal drug use, overnight camping, which is illegal, burning of the mangroves, just a lot of damage out there to the environment," FDOT Spokesperson Kris Carson said. "So we're hoping this bollard project will cut down on that."
The Project consists of 880 wooden posts that are being placed along the mangrove blocking off larger vehicles to protect the environment! The Project is costing around 70K and will be completed by the Labor Day Weekend!