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Sarasota News Leader January 17, 2014 Page 118 Siesta Seen BREAKING GROUND AT THE BEACH to provide no extra time for this work, "since it appears [it] can be performed concurrent Speaking of those beach improvements: The with other site work items." groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. Finally, Brownman noted, the 60-inch storm drainpipe is approximately 90 percent comThe $21.5-million renovation of the park facilplete. However, the existing lift station on ities will take place over the next two years, county staff has explained, with four phases Beach Road will be left in service for the time of work planned. Among the new features will being to handle "any rainfall events that will be a multipurpose overlook/shelter facility occur before the [new stormwater retention] on the west side of the park for events such pond is ready." % as weddings, the restoration of the historic pavilion, expanded parking, improved traffic circulation and a 15-foot-wide pedestrian esplanade running the length of the park, a county news release notes. STORMWATER PROJECT UPDATE This week and next week at the site of the Beach Road Drainage Project, next to Siesta Public Beach, plans call for the contractor to continue coordination with the Siesta Beach Improvement project regarding fill being placed appropriately for the parking areas and the new maintenance facility that will be constructed, Isaac R. Brownman, capital projects director in the county's Public Works Department, reported to the County Commission. Additionally, work is proceeding on the general site grading and landscape berm, he wrote in an email, and the pumping of groundwater offshore is continuing. Brownman also pointed out that a change order is being negotiated with the contractor Sarasota County has extended an invitation to the public for the Jan. 22 groundbreaking for the improvements at Siesta Public Beach. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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