The first maintenance dredging of Blind Pass is under way. The project will to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week through August, to remove as much as 120,000 cubic yards of sand and place it on the eroding shoreline near Bowman's Beach.
Lee County took advantage of Florida Dredge and Dock being in the area from the recently completed Fort Myers Beach restoration project to get favorable pricing for the Blind Pass project. The construction estimate is $831,250 and work is being funded from tourist bed taxes and a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
During certain phases of the dredging, fishing from the bridge as well as a portion of the Blind Pass parking areas will be closed to the public.