Sarasota News Leader

10/25/2013

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TAKING SHAPE This photo shows one stretch of Lido Key plagued by frequent erosion. The building's pool deck is exposed to the water. Image courtesy of the City of Sarasota AS LIDO BEACH'S RENOURISHMENT PROJECT TAKES SHAPE, SO DOES DEBATE. THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO SLOW EROSION, BUT SOME RESIDENTS QUESTION TWO KEY ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN By Roger Drouin County Editor Wave action and storms erode more than pool deck juts into the water during high tide, 100,000 cubic yards of beach sand — about and some condo units are exposed to waves 20 feet of shore — from Lido Key on average during rough weather. every year. A $22 million project to add 1.1 million cubic When storms such as Tropical Storm Debby yards of sand and three groins to Lido Key is whirl through the Gulf designed to slow eroof Mexico, the erosion and keep sand on sion is worse. On one This is a project to mitigate damage the beach. stretch of beach where to the beach from tropical storms or the most frequent ero- whatever else Mother Nature throws at us. The project has been in the works since sion occurs — along Milan Mora 1999, and it is the only the southern end of Project Engineer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers one of its kind curthe key — a condoJacksonville rently planned in the minium complex's

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