Fort Myers Beach FL (O&M)

April 202


Fort Myers Beach, FL (O&M)
Operations and Maintenance
Congressional District: 19


A channel 12 feet deep and 150 feet wide in San Carlos Bay until the end east side of Bowditch Point, thence 12 feet deep and 125 feet wide from that depth and location in San Carlos Bay into Estero Pass at the intersection of San Carlos Blvd Bridge, thence 11 feet deep and 125 feet wide in Matanzas Pass to the upper shrimp terminals terminating at a turning basin located approximately 1000 feet away. Length of project is about 2.5 miles.


a. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation for FY22 $0
President’s Budget FY23 $0


b. P.L. 115-123: Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Supplemental:

Current Working Estimate $400,000
Allocation thru FY21 $400,000
Allocation for FY22 $0


c. P.L. 116-20: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019:

Current Working Estimate $4,156,000
President’s Budget FY21 $4,156,000

d. P.L. 117-58: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Supplemental:  

Total Work Plan $4,100,000
President’s Budget FY22 $4,100,000


Lee County Natural Resources Division
1500 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Fort Myers Beach O&M (Matanzas Pass) was dredged between August and October 2020. Prolonged shoaling from Bowditch Point continues to encroach across the federal channel causing the navigable waterway to be pushed more northerly. The federal channel was re-established along the north side of Bowditch Point after 151,252 cubic yards of material was removed from the channel and placed in the nearshore disposal area located south of the inlet. Only a few months following the dredging event, shoaling was reported by the US Coast Guard to be occurring off Bowditch Point.  The Corps is working with the US Coast Guard to perform surveys of the inlet on a recurring basis so aids to navigation can be adjusted. Following receipt of IIJA appropriations, plans and specifications will be prepared for an upcoming, early FY23 award for maintenance dredging. The Corps continues to evaluate realignment of the channel away from Bowditch Point to alleviate the chronic shoaling issues.  

Fort Myers Beach Operations and Maintenance Map