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(Above) The tide in the Gulf of Mexico almost reaches the First Lido Condominium complex at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Drive on Lido Key. Image courtesy Lido Key Residents Association That letter said, "I would like to emphasize that we do not oppose renourishment at Lido Key, but we insist that any renourish- ment does not jeopardize Siesta Key in any way or impair navigation and alternatives to obtaining sand from Big Pass be appropri- ately explored and used." Corps of Engineers project managers have called for the dredging of Big Sarasota Pass to provide the majority of the approximately 1.2 million cubic yards of sand needed for the first renourishment of Lido Key under a 50-year plan. The pass, which separates Lido and Siesta keys, never has been dredged. Opponents of the plan fear such action will lead to impairment not only of the naviga- tional channel but also of Siesta's beaches. On May 14, Susan J. Jackson, a spokeswoman for the Corps of Engineers in its Jacksonville office, told The Sarasota News Leader in an Hopefully, we'll get this in here in the next few weeks and share it with everybody. Alexandrea Davis Shaw City Engineer City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader May 16, 2014 Page 56

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