Permit process causing delays for Shoreline Protection Project plans
Those questioning when improvements will be made in regard to the Lee County Shoreline Protection Project will have to wait a bit longer before any progress is being made.
Gasparilla Island State Park (GISP) Manager Rick Argo said the current project constructed in 2013 (similar to the 2007 Gasparilla Island Shore Protection Project, which placed sand from the county south and continued into the park) was to provide sand and renourishment to the beaches on the southern part of the island.
“However, it was discovered a couple of years ago that the USACE permit for the park portion of the project had expired,” Argo said. “The permit application was again submitted at that time, and we have not received it yet. Getting that permit is paramount for GISP to receive any of the sand on our beaches.