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Sarasota County staff is "very, very close to completing an application submittal" for the planned renourishment of southern Siesta Key — including Turtle Beach — the coun- ty's coastal resources manager has told The Sarasota News Leader. During an interview last week, Laird Wreford said final tweaking of the design was under way, with the worst- case scenario calling for the work to start no later than Nov. 1, 2015. Right now, he pointed out, plans call for it to begin in November of this year. The estimated cost is about $11 million, with about $5.5 million of that coming from a Tourist Development Tax (TDT) fund allo- cated solely for beach renourishment. The rest of the money is expected to come from a state grant and assess- ments of adjoining property owners. "If we are lucky, that means we get the state money that we need to supplement our Tropical Storm Debby caused considerable erosion on Turtle Beach in June 2012. Photo courtesy of Ron Flynn THE COUNTY IS CLOSE TO SUBMITTING ITS PAPERWORK TO THE STATE FOR THE UPCOMING $11 MILLION UNDERTAKING ON SOUTHERN SIESTA KEY THE OTHER RENOURISHMENT PROJECT We did find some excellent sand deposits. Laird Wreford Manager Coastal Resources Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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