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Concerns raised regarding Redfish Pass Inlet Management Study

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | Sep 23, 2020

news@breezenewspapers.com

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District received an update regarding the Redfish Pass Inlet Management Study last week, which is still at least six months out before they know of any outcomes due to concerns brought forth.

Coastal Restoration and Modeling Program Manager Nicole Sharpe, subcontractor for Aptim, provided an update on the Redfish Pass Inlet Management Study during the Captiva Erosion Prevention District monthly meeting. She said the report was completed in late 2019 after an extensive public coordination through a technical advisory committee that included representation from the state and parties within Captiva and Sanibel.

“Apparently some other residents of North Captiva Island, along with Humiston & Moore have raised some objections to the study,” she said. “The study was accepted by the state, but it hasn’t been approved. These concerns will delay the approval of the Inlet Management Plan.”

There are two concerns the DEP is investigating to see if they are warranted. The first includes dredging the up shoal as was done in the ’80s, which could cause extensive damages at higher erosion rates to Northern Captiva, Sharpe explained. The second concern highlighted the bypass quantity, the amount of sand that would go one way or another.

“We really don’t think their concerns are valid. We are proposing the same kind of quantity to the dredging from the up shoal like it was done in the ’80s and ’90s. It is a small quantity to repair the north end,” Sharpe said. “However, the state has granted Humiston & Moore and the landowners two 90-day extensions to meet with the state and let them know their concerns with the plan.”

Captiva Erosion Prevention District Chairman Michael Mullins asked if it would be six months before they know the outcome of the north Captiva issue.

Sharpe said it will be an internal meeting that they probably will not be invited to attend, but after the meeting does occur, the DEP will let them know if they need any additional technical advisories are needed.

“Right now we are sitting and waiting for the state to provide us with further information,” she said.

The state has provided a large response to the public records request for both groups with concerns, which Sharpe said they shared the coordination of the response. 

Tom Pierro, who is also with Coastal Protection and Engineering and subcontracted to Aptim, said the recommendation is to use the monitoring data that has been collecting post, or pre any project and utilize that overtime to update the bypass quantities.