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County awards contract for artificial reef at Redfish Pass

By Staff | Mar 20, 2019

On March 19, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners awarded a contract to create an artificial reef at Chris Koepfer’s ARC reef site using a $120,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Awarded to Kelly Brothers Inc., the contract is for the creation of an artificial reef using 1,000 tons of donated concrete or limestone within the reef site, which is located approximately 14 nautical miles southwest of Redfish Pass. The site is named in memory of the pioneer of Lee County’s artificial reef program.

The project is expected to be completed in July.

Lee County has had an artificial reef program since the early 1990s. Grants from federal, state and private sources help create a range of recreational opportunities from inshore to the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico. For information, visit www.leegov.com/naturalresources/marine/ArtificialReefs.