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Although the Ritz-Carlton (the tallest building, at the center of the photo) is close to the city's waterfront, its beach facilities are on Lido Key. Photo by Norman Schimmel The City of Sarasota signed off on a Sarasota Ritz-Carlton project that calls for reshap- ing the proļ¬le of a dune at the hotel's Beach Club on Lido Key, The Sarasota News Leader has learned. In early April, the Florida Department o f E n v i r o n m e n t a l P r o t e c t i o n ( D E P ) issued a permit for the work, which calls for the seaward por- tion of the dune to be moved further land- ward, according to an April 2 letter sent to DEP by Courtney Mendez, senior planner for the City of Sarasota. "The proposed changes do not contravene any applicable provisions of the Zoning Code provided beach pathways are maintained and native habitat is not negatively impacted," Mendez added, later referencing those stip- ulations as findings by another city staff member. Mendez included a m e m o f r o m D a v i d L . S m i t h i n t h e c i t y 's D e p a r t m e n t COUNTY STAFF HAS BEEN FIELDING RESIDENTS' QUESTIONS ABOUT A RITZ-CARLTON PROJECT ON THE LIDO KEY SHORE DISTRESS OVER A DUNE I know of several properties that have requested from the DEP in the past to do some similar work and were unequivocally turned down. Carl Shoffstall President Lido Key Residents Association By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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