City lends final approval to Lido sand project; emergency beach building to start in Fall

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Lido Key residents and businesses looking forward to seeing their beach bolstered received support by the Sarasota City Commission last week.

The long-term project to stabilize the Lido Key shoreline is predicated on dredging a portion of the accumulated sand in Big Sarasota Pass and depositing it on about 1.6 miles of south Lido Key Beach.

The City voted unanimously last week, approving the formal agreement to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to undertake the project.

The agreement anticipates a total construction cost of about $231 million, with the Army shouldering about $118 million and the City of Sarasota about $112 million.

The first phase of the renourishment will cost about $19 million, but the above total represents a 50-year agreement to periodically nourish the beach.

The City will pay for its share of the project out of Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues as well as a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) grant.

The project is expected to begin next summer. Meanwhile, an emergency renourishment project on South Lido Key is out to bid, but that sand will come from New Pass. That emergency project is slated to begin in November.

Some Lido Shores residents, who live on the very North end of Lido Key, have expressed concern of erosion from dredging New Pass. The State is requiring the City to provide more data and monitoring of the North Lido Key shoreline in the months leading up to the emergency renourishment that is due this fall.

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