The first part of a $4.7 million beach renourishment at Bonita Beach is complete, bringing 116,000 cubic yards of sands to Little Hickory Island. The second part started recently to add 285,000 cubic yards to extend 1 mile of Lovers Key State Park by 50 to 230 feet. Lee County's 54% cost comes from bed taxes.
In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering finished the renourishment of Boca Grande's beach, damaged by Tropical Storm Debby.
In Collier County, a project will take place soon to transport 52,000 cubic yards of sand to Naples Beach, the first of a series of smaller projects the county will undertake over the next six years to maintain its coastline. Last year, a $9.5 million project brought 250,000 cubic yards to Vanderbilt, Park Shore, Pelican Bay and Naples beaches.
Estero Island will probably need to be replenished with sand in six to seven years, if not sooner, according to Justin McBride, Lee County coastal project manager. In 2011 a $4.2 million project restocked a 1.2-mile stretch on the north end of Fort Myers Beach. In 2012, a $831,000 project dredged Blind Pass between Sanibel and Captiva and brought sand to the eroding shoreline near Bowman's Beach.