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Officials: Design work for Turner Beach is ongoing

By Staff | May 14, 2019

The design elements for a shoreline stabilization project at Turner Beach are being worked on.

Coastal Engineering Consultants in Naples has been hired by the city of Sanibel, in partnership with Lee County, to address two main issues: erosion in the parking lot and rip-rap along the shoreline. The firm conducted a presentation on the project at a recent Captiva Erosion Prevention District meeting.

Keith Williams, director of Sanibel’s Community Services Department, explained on May 9 that the city manages the Turner Beach site as part of an interlocal agreement, in addition to Lee County Tourist Development Council funds that are approved and allocated for work and improvements to the area.

“It’s primarily the city overseeing the project,” he said.

Williams reported that the shoreline along Turner Beach has been subject to significant erosion, including the loss of a guardrail and such as a result of previous storm events in recent years.

“Our goal is to re-enforce that shoreline a little better,” he said. “To better withstand further events.”

At the CEPD meeting in April, representatives from the firm reported that the areas targeted for improvement include the asphalt curtain at the entrance and the catch basins at the entrance and south end. The firm is also recommending closing off pedestrian access to the beach through the dunes by building up the dunes about 4 feet, extending a fence to the rip-rap and planting new vegetation.

The representatives noted that most of the work is landward, except for the rip-rap.

They reported that the rip-rap on the shoreline would be approximately 300 feet and raised to an elevation of 6 feet. It would tie into where the CEPD has done rehabilitation work in the past.

“We’re still working on the design elements,” Williams said on May 9.

He cited the roadway and park drainage, as well as the shoreline.

“There’s definitely fine tuning of the design,” Williams said.

The firm spoke before the CEPD board as part of a requirement from the Florida Department of Environmental to obtain approval from all the stakeholders before any permits are approved.

The board voted 4-0 in support of the plan.

“We’re still in the process of securing the DEP permits,” Williams said.

The city is requesting $580,000 to cover the design and construction of the project.

“This project will be wholly funded by TDC funds,” he said.

Williams explained that the city already requested and secured $280,000. It intends to submit its request for the remaining $300,000 in funds at the start of the new fiscal year, which is Oct. 1.

The aim is to complete the project’s design by the summer or early fall.

He explained that it would then go out to bid after the New Year, in the start of 2020.

“We likely won’t be constructing this project until a year from this summer,” Williams said.