Sarasota News Leader

07/25/2014

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For example, Siesta residents long have com- plained about the instability of North Beach Road as a result of erosion in that area. The agency plans to submit the necessary permit application to state environmental regulators this fall so it can proceed with the City of Sarasota's Lido Beach Renourishment Project. This week, Mora and a contingent of other engineers from the Army Corps, along with Sarasota City Engineer Alex DavisShaw, pre- sented details about the plan in a series of public meetings and tried to alleviate con- cerns residents have raised about it. The group held two public workshops on July 23 at City Hall, along with a meeting for Lido Key residents the previous morning. In addition to pumping sand onto a 1.6-mile stretch of Lido Beach, the Army Corps wants to install three groins on the southern portion of the island. The project comes with a $19 million price tag to be covered by the Army Corps of Engineers and the city. The Army Corps representatives explained why they believe they have to use sand from Big Pass and why they feel there will not be any negative impacts on navigation in the waterway. Even some skeptics of the proposal to dredge Big Pass said the public workshops were a good step in the city's long process to renour- ish Lido Beach. But questions remain about the impact of the project on the marine eco- system, along with the worries that Siesta Scalloping of the beach as a result of erosion is visible on Lido. Lido Beach cannot be a sacrificial lamb …. Carl Shoffstall President Lido Key Residents Association Sarasota News Leader July 25, 2014 Page 31

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