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NEWS BRIEFS The West John Ringling Causeway Park has been closed for about a month so the seawall and sidewalk can be repaired. Photo by Norman Schimmel WEST RINGLING CAUSEWAY PARK CLOSED TEMPORARILY The West John Ringling Causeway Park tem- der the guidance of a city arborist, each tree porarily closed as of Aug. 19 while crews re- will be returned and replanted after the conpair a seawall and sidewalk, the City of Sara- struction is completed, the release continues. sota has announced. Over the years, the seawall and sidewalk have The park is expected to reopen in approxi- eroded because of high surf, the release points mately one month, a news release says. The out. The project is being funded through a sidewalk under the Ringling Bridge adjacent WCIND (West Coast Inland Navigation Disto the park will remain open to the public, the trict) grant. release adds. An orange construction fence has been erected around the park to protect the public from the construction, which involves heavy machinery, the release notes. Motorists along John Ringling Causeway near Bird Key are advised to watch for slow-moving construction vehicles entering and exiting the area. To create an access point for the machinery, crews recently removed several large trees, including Washingtonian palms, sabal palms and crape myrtles, the release points out. Un- A sign alerts the public that the park is closed. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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