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The topic at hand on March 5 was whether to allow a paddleboarding concession at Siesta Public Beach, but a comment by Sarasota County Commission Vice Chairwoman Christine Robinson sparked a flash of debate on another matter: the proposed r e n o u r i s h m e n t o f Lido Beach. "We've got to start get- ting more information before we take these positions," Robinson said, referring to email the board had received from the Siesta Key Association (SKA) in opposition to paddleboarding at Siesta Public Beach before county staff even explained the proposal to the com- mission that day. Organizations, includ- ing the SKA, already h a v e t a k e n s t a n d s on the Lido project, Robinson pointed out, e v e n t h o u g h m o r e information is to be released about that plan this spring. The Big Pass channel is calm as the sun rises on March 1. Photo by Rachel Hackney COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ENGAGE IN AN IMPROMPTU DEBATE OF SIESTA KEY ORGANIZATIONS' POSITIONS ON THE LIDO BEACH RENOURISHMENT PROJECT DIFFERENT TAKES People are telling me things that are going to be in that [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] modeling report based upon guessing right now. It's a matter of jumping to conclusions …. Christine Robinson Vice Chairwoman Sarasota County Commission By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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