Seawalls

Seawalls damaged by Wilma surge

Seawalls are required prior to building a home on a canal-front lot in Lee County. Typically, the cost of a seawall can be approximately $10,000 or more depending on design and size. Currently the lead time for a seawall can be six months and at this time requires approval by the Army Corp. of Engineers.

Many older seawalls that do not have plastic coated steel members collapsed during the Wilma storm surge. The construction of a seawall is a feat all to itself, but reconstruction on a property with an existing home is significantly more challenging. The equipment used in construction is large and can often not fit between the home and property line. Reconstruction costs escalate if repairs are completed via floating barge.

Seawalls increasingly become storm victims [News-Press]

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