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WAITING ON THE WEATHER An artist's rendering shows Siesta Public Beach Park after improvements have been completed. Image courtesy Sarasota County A DELAY IN THE COMPLETION OF THE NEW STORMWATER PROJECT ON SIESTA KEY COULD HAVE A RIPPLE EFFECT ON THE START OF IMPROVEMENTS AT THE PUBLIC BEACH By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The actual start of the improvements at Siesta Public Beach could be delayed by the inability of the contractor to complete the adjacent Beach Road Drainage Project on schedule, a Sarasota County project manager explained to members of the Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) on Oct. 1. already have been held among county staff members "trying to figure out a solution to get that water out," so the new 1-acre stormwater retention pond can be built, he added. "Hopefully, that won't delay the beach project itself," Gaubatz continued, "but it has the potential to." "We've got a nice pond out there where we're We've got a nice pond out there supposed to have dry where we're supposed to have dry dirt. dirt," Brad Gaubatz said during the SKVA's Brad Gaubatz Project Manager monthly meeting at Siesta Public Beach Improvements the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. Multiple meetings The heavy downpours last week following an abundance of rain earlier in the summer have slowed progress on the stormwater project, county staff

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