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'RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY' The stormwater project adjacent to Siesta Public Beach has been designed to keep the Gulf of Mexico clean enough to prevent future 'no swimming' advisories. File photo THE PROJECT MANAGER FOR A NEW STORMWATER SYSTEM NEXT TO SIESTA PUBLIC BEACH IS HOPING FOR DRIER WEATHER SO WORK CAN GET UNDER WAY AGAIN By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Although the Beach Road Drainage Project on Siesta Key — adjacent to the public beach — has been on hold for about two weeks because of almost incessant rain, county staff planned to collect water samples on Sept. 11 that could lead soon to the resumption of work, the project manager told The Sarasota News Leader this week. ruary 2014, Alex Boudreau said on Sept. 11. "We've not accepted that schedule," he pointed out. Referring to contractors, he continued, "You ask big and see what happens." Still, Boudreau said, the project should be substantially completed by Jan. 20, 2014, Original plans called We plan for how to handle water, but barring any further exfor a November comyou plan for what you can reasonably expect. tended delays. pletion date, but the rain has led the Curtis Smith On April 23, the CounProject Manager contractor to push ty Commission apSarasota County that back to Febproved the award of

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