The Collier County Coastal Zone Management Department has issued a notice to boaters through the U.S. Coast Guard of hazardous boating conditions at low tide at Wiggins Pass.
Shoaling continues to occur and, at dead low tide, there is less than 18 inches of navigable water at Wiggins Pass. Over the weekend, approximately a dozen boats were grounded at low tide.
The county dredged the pass less than two years ago and another dredging is planned for later this year following sea turtle nesting season which runs through October 31. The source of funds for the dredging would be tourist development tax dollars. Long term, the county is seeking to improve navigation by straightening the channel through the pass. Permitting for the new dredging proposal is expected to take several years.
In the meantime, large signs will be posted instructing boaters of the hazardous low tide conditions at Wiggins Pass.