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CEPD provides update on planning for nourishment project

By CEPD - | Feb 9, 2021

In its winter newsletter released to the public last week, the Captiva Erosion Prevention District reported that planning for the 2021-22 beach nourishment project is well under way.

The CEPD has been working closely with its engineering firm, economists and the local wildlife commissions. To keep the cost of the periodic nourishment as low as possible, it will consider a project start period within the next 12 months when considering the bids from contractors. Once the project begins, construction will take place for approximately four to six months until completion. Public bidding for a contractor will take place by mid-April. Once a contractor is selected, the project timeline will be solidified by May or June.

The CEPD has utilized APTIM Engineering and Coastal Planning & Engineering to develop plans for the nourishment. The firms have also analyzed the storm protection benefits to the individual properties that the project will provide. The CEPD has been working with economists Drs. William Stronge and Gary Jackson, with Stronge Properties out of Boca Raton, in the development of an apportionment model to determine the cost shares for the individual properties within each benefit category. Final apportionment will not be determined until approximately one year after the conclusion of the project.

The period of construction may coincide with sea turtle nesting season. To ensure the safety of the animals, the CEPD has partnered with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. The CEPD will continue to follow all Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Department of Environmental Protection guidelines. Should the project take place during nesting season, the SCCF will assist in moving the nests to a safe location, as well as the required monitoring for new nests and activity. The monitoring will continue for three years after the project is completed.