Sarasota News Leader

05/16/2014

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' mod- els and report regarding the Lido Beach Renourishment Project should be available to the City of Sarasota by June 11, City Engineer Alex DavisShaw confirmed this week. Because Sarasota County staff has asked for sufficient time to review the material prior to discussing it with the County Commission, county staff members informed their board this week that the agenda item would be pushed back from June 10 to Sept. 19, though they cautioned the latter date is tentative. In the meantime, a May 14 letter to the Corps of Engineers' district office in Jacksonville from a Tampa attorney representing owners of the Best Western Plus-Siesta Key hotel on South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota questions whether the Corps of Engineers has complied with federal policy in planning the renour- ishment project. The attorney, who is also representing the nonprofit organization Save Our Siesta Sand 2, the Suncoast Waterkeeper and Siesta Key residents Rich Schineller and Peter van Roekens, has requested the Corps of Engineers prepare an environmental impact statement on the project. Big Pass is smooth as glass as seen from Siesta Key's Beach Access 1 on a recent morning. Photo by Rachel Hackney ANOTHER DELAY AND POLICY QUESTIONS THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS EXPECTS TO RELEASE ITS LIDO RENOURISHMENT PROJECT MATERIAL JUNE 11, BUT A TAMPA LAW FIRM WANTS AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, TOO By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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