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Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 29 nourishment project for beaches in the Venice for the organization to pay up to $2,000 for an area. independent review of the Corps' latest modeling when it is completed. County Commissioner Patterson pointed out during the Feb. 7 Siesta Key Association Van Roekens pointed out during the Aug. 1 (SKA) meeting that sand on the west coast SKA meeting that Big Pass never has been of Florida naturally drifts south. County staff dredged and that when New Pass was dredged has pointed out that Siesta Public Beach has for the last Lido renourishment — in 2009 — accreted sand over the past few years as a "the channel got severely damaged." result of that effect. New Pass has been remarked, he added, "and Ultimately, the decision was made not to apparently it's OK now." Still, that factor indredge sand from Big Pass for that initiative. creases his wariness of any effort to remove SKA Secretary Peter van Roekens remembers sand from the Big Pass shoal. the Aubrey/Dolan report clearly. A boater who Van Roekens said he would feel more comregularly provides reports on the New Pass fortable having an independent coastal engichannel as a public service, he has voiced his neer look at the studies provided for the latest worries about the fact that, once again, the renourishment effort. Corps is eying Big Pass as a sand source for Lido. On Aug. 1, van Roekens won unanimous He has cited scientific research warning support from his fellow SKA board members against groins, too. A lot for sale on Siesta Key's Ocean Boulevard offers a view of Lido Key across Big Pass. File photo.

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