As an environmentalist, I am glad that Lee County and FMB are installing a stormwater system to better manage polluted runoff. As a taxpayer, I hope it works. Estero Blvd is about 6 feet above sea level. The inverted crown design lowers the center of the road about 18 inches. Buried conduit drains stormwater to Estero Bay. Attached is a picture of the stormwater outlet on Williams Drive during high tide on April 8, 2019.
Will this stormwater design work on our barrier island in a torrential rainstorm; at an extreme high tide; during a hurricane surge; or if sea level rises another 4 inches? Will pump stations have to be installed at the outflows to guarantee it will work when the outflow pipe is covered with sea water? This is a long overdue utility project. I hope it has a long-term future for Islanders.
Fort Myers Beach