Lee County accepts $120k grant to build an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico


The Lee Board of County Commissioners has voted to accept a grant to construct an artificial reef off the coast of Lee County.

On Tuesday, the board voted to accept a $120,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to construct an artificial reef.

The grant county received is the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration grant. The grant distributes money for at least 1,000 tons of clean, repurposed concrete within Chris Koepfer’s ARC reef site in the Gulf of Mexico.

The reef site is about 15 miles off the coast and will create a marine life habitat and another fishing and scuba diving destination.

The project is expected to be completed by September.

Chris Koepfer’s ARC Reef Site is named after Chris Koepfer, the pioneer of Lee County’s artificial reef program.

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