FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla--The four million dollar restoration project at Fort Myers Beach expanded the width of the beach to attract visitors. However, it has now left some struggling to step foot into the water.
There is a nearly two foot drop between the beach and the water in the area near the Pier at Fort Myers Beach. That concerns beach visitors like Ron Kinley from Pittsburgh, PA.
"I don't know why they didn't level it off like back there. This is very dangerous to have this big of a drop," said Ron referring to a gentle slope farther up the beach.
Our cameras recorded beach goer after beach goer struggle to get down to the water. It seemed especially hard for the oldest and youngest visitors.
"The kids could drop off and break a leg," said McKinley.
However, most beach visitors told us they appreciated the project, including McKinley. He says it's made the beach much more attractive. He told us, "The beach is a big big improvement. We're real happy about it. We're snowbirds from the north down here for 6 months. I live at the beach and this has made big difference."
He and fellow beach visitor, Julia Gonzales from Boston, MA, just think something could be done to smooth out the rough spot.
"Maybe they can make a path or something," suggested Gonzales.
We contacted one of the people managing the restoration project for Lee County. Robert Neal told us by email crews will grade that area Friday morning.
Neal says this typically happens the first week after a beach restoration project is completed because the construction timelines make it challenging to get the grading done right away.
Neal expects the grading will smooth the slope to the water but warns the sand in that area will be soft to walk on for a few days.