FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - Renourishment could occur on some shoreline on Ft. Myers Beach after all.
Lee Commissioners Tuesday re-assured town leaders, that the plan for new sand, can work. The town council will consider the deal on June 7th.
"We have to do something, or people will walk out of their hotel rooms and condo's and step into the Gulf before too long," said Mayor Larry Kiker of Ft. Myers Beach.
The two government bodies have wrangled over the issue for years. They even lost 8-million dollars in federal funding, because they could not reach agreement. They will lose another 2-million in state dollars, if they do not have an agreement by June 22nd.
"We need this badly, our tourism depends on our beaches, and this process has been frustrating. But now I am hopeful," said commissioner Ray Judah.
The agreement would use the 2-million from the state, another 2-million from the county, and 110-thousand dollars from the town, to do the project. Work could begin in the fall, Judah said, if the town council signs off on the deal in June.