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Sanibel issues emergency declaration to stop beach erosion near roadway

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 22:57:38-05

SANIBEL, Fla. -- The City of Sanibel declared an emergency situation Thursday to enable efforts to stop beach erosion that's threatening a stretch of roadway on the island.

Beach erosion on the north end of the island near Sanibel-Captiva road has resulted in the shoreline getting dangerously close to the road.

The emergency declaration by the city allows for a quicker response to use sandbags to reinforce the shoreline. The expedited process will allow the work to be done by late January, instead of a timeline months longer on the normal timeline.

The project is expected to cost $38,000 and emergency funding will be applied for through the Lee County Tourism Development Council.