DREDGING UPDATE - JUNE 2018
is working for a DO NO HARM solution for
Siesta Key and Big Pass
As you may have heard, the Administrative Law
Judge has ruled that the FDEP can issue the permit
for the dredging of Big Sarasota Pass with minor
restrictions on timing related to spotted sea
trout spawning. FDEP has since issued the permit
The Army Corps of Engineers has secured $13.5M in
funding for the project in Fiscal Year 2018, which
ends September 30, 2018. Details on how and when
this money will be spent are still unclear.
Prior to the Administrative Hearing, SKA had
filed a Verified
Complaint in civil court to prohibit the
dredging of Big Pass on the basis that it violates
the Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan. The
City of Sarasota has filed a Motion to Dismiss
this case. Now that the permit has been
issued, resuming these legal actions is our only
recourse. Meanwhile, the project
can proceed, so this case must be decided before
the end of turtle nesting season on November 1,
2018, when actual sand placement can begin.
Your financial support is urgently needed
to cover the cost of the legal fees for the civil
case. Please donate all you can to SKEDF,
using our skedf.org
website, or by sending a check to SKEDF at PO
Drawer 35200, Sarasota, FL 34242. We cannot
do this without your help!
appreciate your continued contributions to
support legal expenses and representation on
behalf of Siesta Key!
Please refer to our Big
Pass Project Page for more information on
the impact of the proposed project and less
harmful alternatives. SKA fully supports the
need for Lido Beach renourishment but strongly
advocates for sources of sand that do not endanger
Siesta Key or the Big Pass environment.