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After a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work- shop Wednesday, July 23, Milan A. Mora, operations manager at the Corps' district office in Jacksonville, pointed to a map of Big Sarasota Pass as he explained to a resident two options for dredg- ing the waterway. T h e A r m y C o r p s wants to remove 1.3 million cubic yards of sand from the pass — which has never been dredged — and pump that sand onto the eroding shoreline of Lido Beach to the north. Mora told The Sarasota News Leader that sand in the pass is exerting pressure south- w a r d , t o w a r d t h e northern end of Siesta Key, creating prob- lems on that end of the island. "Dredging the pass will relieve some of that pres- sure on north Siesta," Mora said. A view from the eighth floor of the Lido Resort shows erosion on Lido Beach. All photos by Roger Drouin FULL SPEED AHEAD U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PRESENTS MORE DETAILS OF THE LIDO RENOURISHMENT PROJECT, BUT SKEPTICISM REMAINS We've been asking for months for someone from the Corps to come and meet with someone other than city [officials]. Jono Miller Environmental Advocate and Former Environmental Studies Instructor At New College of Florida By Roger Drouin County Editor

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