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Barefoot Beach Preserve Update

Barefoot Beach Preserve is open. It is the last beach in Collier County to open after Hurricane Ian’s massive destruction.

There’s still a lot of work to be done. Parking lot #1, the restrooms and snack bar, boardwalks and the trail are still closed. There are portable bathrooms by parking lot #3.

Collier County had a lot to do before opening the park. The parking lots and roads were covered in sand and debris after being blanketed with about eight feet of water during the storm. The boardwalks were all severely damaged and the beach was littered with fragments of everything from construction material to trash.

All the other Collier County Beach Parks opened just a few months after the hurricane, but county officials say Barefoot Beach sustained more damage.

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