Sarasota News Leader

09/20/2013

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CONFIDENCE AND CONTENTION A graphic shows the predicted effects on Big Pass from dredging and groin placement on Lido Key. Photo by Rachel Hackney THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAYS IT CAN DREDGE BIG PASS FOR THE LIDO BEACH RENOURISHMENT AND INSTALL GROINS ON LIDO WITHOUT HARMING SIESTA KEY, BUT PUBLIC SKEPTICISM REMAINS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manager material is to recycle the accumulated sand in charge of the planned $22.7 million Lido [from Big Pass], which originally came from Beach renourishment project expressed con- Lido Key," Milan A. Mora told members of the fidence this week that dredging sand from Sarasota County Coastal Advisory Committee Big Pass and placing and about 30 audience three groins on the members on Sept. 18 southern end of Lido We think … the results that have in Sarasota. would not harm either been provided are reasonable and that Mora said the project the pass or Siesta Key they do accurately predict what the team hopes to start Public Beach. effects might be, or lack thereof in this the permitting process "The only logical solu- particular case. with the Florida Detion for initial conpartment of EnvironThomas P. Pierro Director struction and … subsemental Protection in Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. quent renourishment the next month or two

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