DEP again visits Fort Myers construction sites as runoff pours into river

Reporter: Stephanie Byrne
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Downtown Fort Myers turbid construction runoff into the Caloosahatchee. Credit: Calusa Waterkeeper

Heavy rain is causing construction runoff that’s potentially harmful to our waterways.

The City of Fort Myers has already ordered the construction to stop until the situation is resolved.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection also visited the sites Tuesday after reports of runoff from the Silver Hills and City Walk sites.

Photos posted on the Calusa Waterkeeper’s Facebook Page on Monday showed the extent of the issue.

We’ve reported on two other construction runoff incidents from these sites that sit on the edge of downtown along Palm Beach Boulevard.

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They usually happen after we get heavy rain.

The City said its “stop-work orders” at City Walk and Silver Hills would remain until construction site improvements are made.

We’ve reached out to developers for both properties but are still waiting to hear back at the time of publishing.

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