The Estero Island Beach Restoration project continues to make progress south toward Lynn Hall Park, according to Project Coordinator Robert Neal of the Lee County Division of Natural Resources.
In his latest report, Neal said the Contractor (Florida Dredge & Dock, LLC) continues to make "good progress" and is expected to be completed prior to Dec. 31.
"Tilling and re-grading of the beach is expected for the completed areas from the Best Western Beach Resort north during the month of November. The beach will be tilled to a depth of 24 inches to loosen the sand for turtle nesting (next year) and drainage," stated Neal. "Tilling will most likely re-occur in February for the entire project area."
The project report further stated the Contractor placed approximately 20,264 cubic yards with an efficiency rating of 72 percent from Oct 23 to Oct. 29. Efficiency is the percentage of time worked from the total available time. Weather delays accounted for 31 hours of the 168 hours available. Mechanical delays accounted for an additional 17 hours.
The County has received multiple comments regarding rainfall ponding on the newly constructed beach area on Monday, October 31st. It is expected the beach will be tilled and re-graded during the month of November and February to 're-shape' the sand and encourage drainage.
The County continues to monitor the status of Matanzas Pass and if sand is infilling the channel. It is expected surveys of the channel will be conducted at the project reaches completion to determine if any and to what extend material has filled the pass.
Earliest potential completion date is Nov. 20, while the anticipated completion date is Dec. 31.
--Beach Observer report