Blind Pass Beach Park on Sanibel is closed to the public, along with public notice signs, as of Wednesday due to erosion.
According to the Sanibel website, the shoreline has been eroding since May. Consequently, a steep escarpment developed at the end of the beach access paths making public access to the water unsafe.
Lisa Crowe was visiting from Panama City Beach and said, “In Panama City they just dredged there because of the same thing, you know from storms and that.”
Turners Beach Park and Bowman’s Beach Park are the closest beach parks to Blind Pass Beach Park.
Turners Beach Park is about 1,000 feet north of Blind Pass. Bowman’s Beach Park is about two and a half miles to the south of Blind Pass.
The county is applying for permits to dredge the sand in the pass in 2023.
The City of Sanibel will consistently review the conditions at Blind Pass Beach Park and will reopen the park when the public can safely access the beach again.
The City of Sanibel said it’s unlikely the park will be closed until 2023 and they’re trying to work with the county to expedite the process.
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