Water-Related News

Lee County commission approves boardwalk replacement

Lee Commissioners approve funds to replace Matanzas Pass Preserve boardwalks

FORT MYERS – The Lee Board of County Commissioners today approved spending Tourist Development Tax revenues to replace elevated boardwalks, the paddle craft landing and the pavilion at Matanzas Pass Preserve on Estero Island.

The Matanzas Pass Preserve has about 1.25 miles of trails that wind through the canopies of mangroves and maritime hammocks in an undeveloped, protected area of the island. This bayside preserve situated within the boundaries of the Town of Fort Myers Beach offers visitors opportunities to observe wildlife and native plants. The boardwalk is in need of replacement to allow continued public access and to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The $1.1 million funding request for the project was approved out of the typical cycle for Tourist Development Tax projects so that the work could begin in September and be completed in about six months.

The Tourist Development Council in March recommended funding the request. Matanzas Pass Preserve is nearly 60-acres of unspoiled sanctuary located one mile south of Matanzas Pass Bridge just off Estero Boulevard on Estero Island. The entrance is at 199 Bay Road. For more information, visit www.leeparks.org.