Sanibel Real estate: Blind Pass to go deep

IN 2009, a dredging project removed 150,000 cubic feet of sand  (cost- $2.17 million) and restored the connection between the Gulf of Mexico and the bayside waters of Pine Island Sound.

Lee County plans to continue work this spring to deepen the pass. This will allow the salty ocean water to merge with the fresher water in Pine Island Sound. This water then becomes the basis for coastal estuaries, which are breeding grounds for fish, crustaceans, wading birds and pelicans.

The cost for the current program is $900,000 and is paid for through Lee County bed tax and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection beach erosion division. The project should wrap up by May 1- well before the start of sea turtle nesting season.

If thoughts of  the beach dredging bring up thoughts of Sanibel real estate, give Chuck Andrews at call at 239-849-3396, or check out the listings on our website at

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