by SC Assistant Publisher, Photographer Chuck Larsen
The City of Sanibel is dredging the entrance channel to Shell Harbor. The work will take a few weeks to complete and cost the city $61,200 for the project.
Historically the entrance is dredged every two to three years. At a recent Sanibel City Council meeting, management of the marina operation suggested it should be done more often. They said that larger boats want to come into the marina, but have to be told to wait for higher tides due to the sand buildup at the entrance.
The marina management also suggested that without more frequent dredging of the entrance, Sanibel is loosing tourist revenue form the boats that go elsewhere to dock. The last two dredge projects were February 2016 and February 2014.