IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: SKA INITIATES A SECOND LEGAL ACTION TO STOP BIG PASS DREDGING
SKA is working for a DO NO HARM solution for Siesta Key and Big Pass.
NEW LEGAL ACTION
On Friday, January 20th, SKA notified the Florida
Department of the Environment (FDEP), the City of Sarasota and the Army Corps
of Engineers that it intends to seek injunctive relief in the circuit courts to
compel compliance with the Florida Environmental Protection Act of 1971, which
prohibits any governmental agency from violating the Sarasota County
Comprehensive Plan. With this action, SKA believes FDEP will be stopped
from issuing a permit to dredge Big Pass by either withdrawing their Notice of
Intent to issue a permit or being ordered by the courts to do so. This
action is in addition to our appeal of the FDEP Notice of Intent which we filed
on January 13th.
While we cannot be certain what the outcome of this action
will be, we are confident that it will lead to changes in the Army Corps
project that will allow renourishment of Lido Beach with greater assurance that
Siesta Key will be protected.
Please be assured that we are taking all reasonable steps to
protect Siesta Key. Our leadership strategy is sound and our team is
strong. We will continue to keep you updated on developments.
Below is a link to the text of the press release
describing this action which was issued to all local news outlets on Monday.
HELP DEFEND SIESTA KEY’S ENVIRONMENT
At our January 12th open meeting, we announced to
all members present that we have formed a nonprofit organization that is fully
qualified to solicit tax-deductible contributions to protect and preserve
Siesta Key’s environment. Siesta Key Environmental Defense Fund,
or SKEDF for short, will exist forever to devote its resources to Siesta Key’s
environment. At this time, SKEDF will use the donations it receives to
support SKA’s legal battle to protect Siesta Key from being harmed by a Big
Pass dredge. Until now SKA has not needed to pay lawyers. Our volunteers have
done a marvelous job doing the research and gathering the evidence necessary to
pursue this issue. However, now that the legal battles have begun, we need
to bring in legal support. We believe our legal team is the best.
They have successfully defended other organizations in similar battles and they
represented SKA in our previous successful defense of Siesta Beach.
We ask that you please consider helping to protect Siesta
Key’s environment by contributing to SKEDF. All contributions are
tax-deductible and will be gratefully acknowledged. Please use our
online donation page at SKEDF.org
to donate using a credit card, or
to register a pending offline donation by check. Please make checks
payable to SKEDF and send to:
SKEDF, PO BOX 35200, SARASOTA FL 34242
Taking the extra step to register an offline donation by check
is a huge help to our staff in tracking and acknowledging your
donation. However, if you send a check without registering an offline donation,
please write your email address on the check so we can provide you
with a receipt for your donation. Thanks!
SKA Announces Additional Legal Action To Halt Big Pass Dredge January 23, 2017
Draft Verified Complaint January 18, 2017
Formal Request to BCC for an Environmental Impact Statement July 11, 2016
Project Timeline Update
Atkins Executive Summary