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Because of concerns raised about the impact the proposed dredging of Big Sarasota Pass might have on Siesta Key, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at potentially taking some sand from New Pass as well as Big Pass in the first renourish- ment of Lido Beach under the 50-year plan it is working on with the City of Sarasota, The Sarasota News Leader has learned. L a i r d W r e f o r d , S a r a s o t a C o u n t y 's coastal resources manager, pointed out to the News Leader on Jan. 28 that Corps engineers originally had broached the idea of alternat- ing the dredging of Big Pass and New Pass for every five-year renourishment over the life of the Lido project. The new consideration, he said, "is somewhat of a hybrid of that." Corps engineers will be determining what will make the best sense for both sand s y s t e m s , Wr e f o r d Big Sarasota Pass is the body of water between Siesta and Lido keys. Image from Google Maps THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS LOOKING NOW AT THE PROSPECT OF TAKING SAND FROM BOTH BIG PASS AND NEW PASS IN THE FIRST LIDO BEACH RENOURISHMENT UNDER A 50-YEAR PLAN BACKING OFF A BIT [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives] really are trying their best now. They have heard the community loud and clear. Laird Wreford Coastal Resources Manager Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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