One of Key West’s most beautiful assets is getting a facelift. Earthmovers have began trucking in 17,500 tons of fine white sand to renourish Smather’s Beach. It’s been nearly a decade since a full beach renourishment, although the City has been forced to do spot repairs and sand replacement after several storms in the interim. Project managers expect the fresh new sand to be in place within about 30 days, as long as the weather cooperates. Heavy equipment will be working its way down the beach during the process, but it’s not expected to interfere too much with the use of the beach. Some small sections of beach may need to be closed off temporarily, in the interest of public safety. Workers will install turbidity barriers that will remain in place for the duration of the work in order to protect the clarity of the nearshore water. But the barriers will be removed once the work is completed.