Fort Myers Beach, FL - Beachgoers, rejoice! A massive $4.4 million is rolling into Lee County's shores, and a chunk is going directly to Fort Myers Beach - all thanks to the tourists! On Tuesday, the Lee Board of County Commissioners gave a big thumbs-up to splash the cash on 11 beach and shoreline projects.
You might ask, where's this treasure chest of funds coming from? Well, tip your hat to the Tourist Development Tax! Those cozy vacation rentals, luxurious hotels, and idyllic resorts are contributing a chunk of change, with 26.4% of their proceeds dedicated to these beach projects.
Among the recipients partnering with Lee County are the Barrier Island Parks Society, Captiva Erosion Prevention District, and the beloved “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, among others.
We're not just talking about laying down a few sun loungers here. Fort Myers Beach can expect boardwalk, restroom trailer, and shade structure replacements in addition to funding committed to beach and shoreline facility maintenance.
But wait, there's more! This beachy investment is just a slice of a larger $11.1 million pie. A cool $4 million of that is dedicated to the Beach Renourishment Trust Fund for future sandy projects.
To dive deeper into this wave of information, surf on over to: www.leevcb.com/funding-programs/beach-and-shoreline.