U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Big Pass and install groins

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is performing the planned $22.7 million Lido Beach renourishment project, dredging sand from Big Pass and placing three groins on the southern end of Lido Beach, and says the plan will not harm either the pass or Siesta Key Public Beach.

At a Sept. 18 City of Sarasota meeting, the USACE project team stated it hopes to start the permitting process with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the next month or two, in late October or early November. They also added that the state would grant the permit within a year, though the team had no idea how long the review process would take.

The funding for the Lido Beach renourishment project is not included in the federal budget for 2014. The USACE added that they hope the funding will be granted for the 2015 fiscal year. The USACE is responsible for 65 percent of the expense, while the City of Sarasota will be covering the rest of the cost, utilizing the Tourist Development Tax revenue.

The USACE team will repeat its Sept. 18 presentation during a joint meeting of the

Sarasota City and County commissions on Oct. 22. On Dec. 5, the team will meet with members of the Siesta Key Association to present the models. Then, on Dec. 7, the Corps group will make the presentation to the Boaters Coalition at the Sarasota Yacht Club.


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