Water-Related News

Bonita Beach renourishment planned in coming year for $2.5 million

A slice of shoreline at the north end of Bonita Beach will get a $2.5 million beach renourishment treatment after Lee County commissioners approved a deal to split the cost with the state and Bonita Springs.

The Little Hickory Island Beach Park is listed as “critically eroded” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in a July report.

FDEP will pay about $950,000, the county $980,000 and Bonita Springs $610,000, according to the grant agreement approved by commissioners earlier this month.

About 200,000 cubic yards of sand will be deposited on the threatened beach in the coming year, stated Betsy Clayton, Lee County spokeswoman, via email. The project calls for a 75-foot-wide beachfront.

Heavy erosion can lead to “loss of beach and dune habitat, flooding, building loss and public infrastructure damage,” Clayton stated.