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Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Environmental Protection to obtain partial funding for the permitting and design work for that project. According to a staff memo submitted to the commission, state law provides for an an- nual allotment of $30 million into Florida's Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund to pay 50% of the costs of beach erosion-control projects. The memo notes that the South Siesta Key Beach Restoration Phase II project extends Page 59 north to south, from a point about 3,000 feet south of Point of Rocks "to a tapering end north of the former Midnight Pass." The request will be submitted to DEP as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 funding cycle. If DEP approves the application, the staff memo added, a specific funding agreement would come back to the County Commis- sion for review and approval. While Siesta Public Beach (shown here) has been growing wider over the past several years, Turtle Beach has continuing erosion problems. Sarasota County staff already is seeking funding assistance for another renourishment project for Turtle Beach. Photo by Rachel Hackney

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