US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Lee County

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Lee County, Beach Erosion Control Project

The Gasparilla Island Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project includes renourishing approximately 2.8 miles of shoreline approximately every seven years. Hurricane Irma impacted Gasparilla Island in 2017, reducing sand volume and eroding the northern portion of the project. Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) supplemental funding in 2018 will allow Jacksonville District to dredge and place about 161,000 cubic yards of sand on the eroded beach, bringing it to full restoration. Work will also include beach tilling, construction / vibration controls and monitoring, turbidity monitoring, sea turtle protection, endangered species observers, and beach fill remediation.

Current Project Description: Beach material will be dredged from a borrow area located slightly north of Boca Grande Pass, and piped onto the beach. Once started, construction operations will run 24 hours a day; however, work delays may occur due to mechanical problems or inclement weather. The beach will remain open to residents and visitors outside the work areas. A portion of the beach in active construction will close temporarily.Pedestrian crossovers will be built over the pipeline in intervals to enable public access to the Gulf. Without delays, construction should move an average of about 500 feet (one to two city blocks) along the beach each day. Work will begin in Summer 2019, and the Corps anticipates it will take about two months to complete the project.

Location: Located along the southwest coast of Florida, the Lee County Beach Erosion Control Project authorizes sand placement on three barrier islands, including Gasparilla Island.

Status: Anticipate awarding a contract in Spring 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received disaster funds provided in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The act provides nearly $17.4 billion to the Corps for disaster recovery. Jacksonville District received $3.348 billion for long-term recovery investments in its area of responsibility, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. This funding will go towards 13 studies and 22 projects that will reduce risk to communities damaged by storm events. The total Federal funding allocation for Jacksonville District recovery efforts so far, including six FCCE projects, exceeds $4 billion.

Last updated: April 11, 2019