There’s nowhere better to feel sand between your toes than on the beaches of Sanibel Island. Soon, those beaches will receive some much-needed renourishment, bringing us one step closer in our hurricane recovery efforts.
The City of Sanibel has reported that it has received authorizations for approximately $23 million in state and FEMA funding to renourish and strengthen the beaches and dunes impacted 13 months ago from Hurricane Ian.
The project will bring about 3,200 truckloads containing roughly 70,000 tons of sand to the coast of Sanibel Island, to be placed primarily between the mean-high water line and the existing dune vegetation line to fill gullies that formed as the storm surge receded.
Starting November 15, beach renourishment will commence on each end of the island and work toward the middle. We have three large scours in front of Ocean’s Reach, so this will be a welcomed improvement indeed.
Once completed in February 2024, predictions are that the beach profile will be close to pre-hurricane beach conditions.
Meanwhile, a tremendous amount of work continues at Ocean’s Reach! Andy reports that the new roofs for all four complex buildings have been completed … a/c compressors have been installed … new windows and sliders have been installed, along with new front doors for ground floor units … new ductwork for all units is close to completion … initial “home run” lines for both internet and satellite TV have been installed … and the office has received its new roof. We’re making significant gains each week!
We’ll continue to keep you updated on our status. For more information on the island’s upcoming beach renourishment project, check out the video below!