via Key West Florida Weekly

FL - Lee County Beach and Shoreline Projects Benefit All of Us

The beaches and coastal environment are the primary draw for visitors to Lee County.

The county’s Beach & Shoreline Program makes it possible for all of us to enjoy the amenities supported by visitors when they pay a tourist development tax on their hotel bill.

Since 1990 this program has provided more than $134 million to a variety of countywide projects related to beach maintenance, beach nourishment and beach park facility development.

Based upon the recommendation of the Tourist Development Council, the Lee Board of County Commissioners approved funding to 16 projects valued at $9.1 million for fiscal year 2020-21, which started Oct. 1. They include:

  • $1.6 million addition to Lee County’s Beach Nourishment fund, which mitigates beach erosion at Gasparilla, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Lovers Key and Bonita.
  • Beach and shoreline facility maintenance for Bonita, Cape Coral, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Cayo Costa, Gasparilla and Lovers Key State Parks.
  • Countywide Emergency Beach Cleanup Fund.

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