by SC Associate Publisher Chuck Larsen
Construction crews continue working on the Sanibel-Captiva Road Emergency Shoreline Protection Project, just south of Blind Pass. The project is on schedule to be completed by May 1 – in time for sea turtle nesting season.
The city is in the process of obtaining quotes for the dune vegetation work, which include more than 3,000 plants, and plans to have a contractor selected prior to the rainy season.
Rope and bollards and signage will be placed around the project area to protect the dune area until the vegetation is established. Public access will be maintained along the western end of the project once complete.
In addition to protecting Sanibel-Captiva Road, which also serves as the evacuation route for Captivans, the permanent barrier will safeguard residences and businesses in the immediate area. The project is the result of a State of Local Emergency enacted by Council in December 2019 and will cost $1.4 million with funding provided by the Lee County Tourism Development Council.