On January 9, 2014, the Siesta Key Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the following statement to be added to our position regarding the City of Sarasota/ACOE Lido Beach renourishment project.
"Whereas Big Pass has never been dredged and the shoal provides both protection and natural renourishment of Siesta beaches, the Siesta Key Association, based on documentation currently available to us, states its grave concern and opposition to any form of dredging in Big Pass channel and shoal."
On December 5, 2013, Siesta Key Association invited the City of Sarasota and Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to present the preliminary Lido Beach Renourishment Plan. In response to our community's concerns, SKA submitted a list of project questions to the ACOE (PDF format). While most were answered, several questions remain critical for our community. Lido Key has been renourished many times during the past 35 years. The shoreline has been designated, along with a large percentage of Sarasota County shoreline, as critically eroded.
The ACOE proposed a plan to dredge sand from the outer ebb shoal of Big Pass. They believe the observed increase of the Big Pass ebb shoal is due to migrating sand from previously renourished portions of Lido Beach. Part of their model and basis for sand "borrowing" is transferential, meaning recycling of sand obtained from other previously dredged sources.
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