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Fishing pier project planned at county’s Matlacha Park


Work to replace the fishing pier at the Matlacha Community Park was anticipated to start on Aug. 3, weather permitting. Lee County reported that the work is expected to be completed in the spring.

Park patrons and residents may see equipment being staged in the area. Lee County Parks and Recreation will work to ensure construction does not impact other activities in the park, however, a dozen parking spaces will be blocked off for equipment staging.

In April, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners awarded the contract to Kelly Brothers Inc. for the removal and replacement of the Matlacha Fishing Pier. The $833,805 cost of the project is being funded largely through Tourist Development Taxes collected on short-term lodging rentals.

Over 50 years old, the existing pier is closed because it has deteriorated from the elements. The project will include new benches, garbage cans, lighting, fish cleaning stations and ADA accessibility features.

The pier is part of the nine-acre Matlacha Community Park, at 4577 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, located along the Matlacha Pass. The body of water is famous for catching snook, redfish and more.