Water-Related News

Caloosahatchee Regional Park shoreline stabilization project to begin

FORT MYERS – Visitors to Caloosahatchee Regional Park in Alva may begin seeing areas of the park closed in preparation for the park’s upcoming shoreline stabilization project. However, the park, 19130 North River Road, will remain open for the duration of the project.

Areas of the park to be closed to the public include the east-end access road from North River Road to the shoreline, including the E-1 & E-2 Equestrian campsites. Beginning this week, some areas will be fenced off and signage posted to protect the public as crews stage the construction project in the popular Lee County park. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2022.

The shoreline at Caloosahatchee Regional Park has eroded due to wave action from boats and tidal influences at a rate of about 1 foot per year.

The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted in June to award a contract with TSI Disaster Recovery, LLC, to provide improvements to the western half of the shoreline of the park. The $877,390 project is entirely funded by Tourist Development Taxes.

The installation of riprap, filter fabric and wetland vegetation will restore and prevent the continuous erosion along 3,235 linear feet of the western shoreline. This project will harden the remaining stretch of exposed shoreline at the park.

For more information about Lee County Parks & Recreation, locations, amenities and special events, visit www.leeparks.org, call 239-533-7275 or email leeparks@leegov.com.