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The project consists of the restoration and maintenance of critically eroded shoreline on portions of Estero Island.  The original federally authorized 4.6-mile project was not able to be constructed in 2011 because of a lack of local support. The County implemented a shortened project from Bowditch Point Regional Park adjacent to Matanzas Pass, to Crescent Beach Family Park in order to nourish the County Parks and adjacent cooperating properties.

Along with beach nourishment, a terminal groin was built on the south side of Matanzas Pass. The pass is a federally maintained channel that requires maintenance dredging approximately every three years. The structure will anchor the beach fill and discourage material from infilling the federal channel.

Future nourishment will be the primary responsibility of the Town of Fort Myers Beach. Lee County will continue to provide technical support to the Town and cost sharing through the bed tax funded Beach and Shoreline Program. Opportunities will be sought for regionalization of future projects.

Project History

Date Completed​Length​Volume​Construction Cost
​December 2011​1.2 miles​402,805​$4 million

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