The sand will cost just over $2 million and be paid for with funds from a Florida Department of Emergency Management grant. The vendor providing the new sand is Stewart Mine Materials. The Town Council voted to purchase the sand on Monday.
The new sand is needed to restore the town’s beaches from Hurricane Ian impacts. It will be used to repair and restore beach accesses, construct a berm to protect upland properties along segments of beach that did not qualify for the FEMA emergency berm, fill scours, and renourish a segment of beach known as Carlos Point Beach.
Hurricane Ian devastated Fort Myers Beach causing substantial erosion of the beach. Over 220,000 cubic yards of sand were lost from the beach. In addition, beach accesses were compromised, and the loss of elevation along the beach has left upland properties vulnerable to king tides and future storms.