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Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 the review of its application, Herbert noted, the Midnight Pass Society later learned that a Lee County application to reopen an inlet — submitted about the same time as the Sarasota County application regarding Midnight Pass — was approved. Karyn Erickson, the consultant who worked on the county's permit application, was astonished when she discovered the Lee County action, Herbert added. Erickson, who is pres- Page 42 ident of her own consulting firm, was part of the delegation that appeared before DEP last week, he noted. THE LAWSUIT Last year, the Midnight Pass Society was one of the plaintiffs in a revised federal lawsuit filed in the effort to reopen the channel. The defendants were Sarasota County, FDEP, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com- Sarasota County Coastal Resources Manager Laird Wreford. File photo

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