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City receives $1.7 million from TDC for beach maintenance, restrooms

By Staff | Jan 5, 2011

During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, a resolution to appropriate $1,732,100 in grant funding from the Lee County Tourism Development Council (TDC) for various beach projects in the coming year was unanimously approved.

Of the total money received from the TDC, $946,500 will be dedicated to various Sanibel facility and beach maintenance, $280,000 will be put towards construction of a family restroom at Lighthouse Beach, $102,000 will be spent for dune walkover replacement and $90,000 for the restoration of Bailey Beach.

Following adoption of the ordinance, resident Claudia Burns took time to compliment the council for receiving the TDC grant, which was initially accepted in November.

“Not all of the people who live here realize that money is received from the TDC,” said Burns. “Those grants are not easy to come by.”

She also thanked Mayor Kevin Ruane, a member of the TDC, for his work in acquiring the funding for the various beach projects.

In other business, the council accepted a 2010-11 Lee County Community Development Block Grant to replace segments of the Sanibel Historical Village & Museum walkways which currently restricts mobility and accessibility of handicapped visitors and the elderly.

In addition, the $20,237.56 grant will be spent on replacing the crushed shell handicapped parking spaces in front of the museum with concrete.

Also, the council appropriated $30,000 from the city’s Shell Harbor Dredging Fund to assisting the the funding of dredging the entrance to the Shell Harbor canal system.

According to City Manager Judie Zimomra, the owner of Sanibel Marina requested that the city participate in the funding of the project and hiring a contractor to complete the work. One-third of the total cost of the project would be funded by the city while Sanibel Marina would pay the remaining balance.