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11/01/2013

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Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 OPINION Page 84 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PEER REVIEW CRITICAL FOR LIDO RENOURISHMENT PROJECT To the editor: Technologies Corp.'s] efforts recognizing the difficulty of their work and the current state Roger Drouin wrote an excellent and balanced of this science and technology." presentation of the complex issue of the Lido Beach renourishment project (Taking shape, The complete list of pertinent documents Oct. 25). may be found at https://www.dropbox.com/ sh/k5y28jwnf3bkr8z/zcmvekPWkI. Milan Mora, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager, noted the 2005 Inlet The current Army Corps of Engineers modelManagement Plan (IMP) for Big Pass and New ing needs to have a peer review followed by a Pass was peer-reviewed and the basis for the public hearing before the County Commission current modeling. While this is true, I want to before permits are granted for the renourishmake it very clear that the model used in the ment project. IMP was not supported as a decision-making Peter van Roekens tool by the peer review team. Secretary, Siesta Key Association Here is the statement on Page 8 of the peer Chairman, Boaters' Coalition review by an independent team of three coastal engineers/scientists: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR "However, the technical deficiencies forced The Sarasota News Leader welcomes letters to the editor from its an inconsistent application of the effort for readers. Letters should be no more evaluating alternatives and precluded reviewthan 300 words in length, and iners from fully supporting the results and they clude the name, street address and telephone number of the writer. Letters should be emailed to do not support reliance on the information Letters@SarasotaNewsLeader.com, with as a decision making tool for the IMP. The "Letter to the Editor" in the subject line. Letters actually printed will be selected based on space availreviewers also emphasize that sediment transable, subject matter and other factors. We reserve port modeling is a difficult task and there is the right to edit any letters submitted for length, no existing tool which can currently provide grammar, spelling, etc. All letters submitted become the property of The Sarasota News Leader. results without considerable margin of error. The reviewers do give credit to [Coastal

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