Siesta Key Association
Lido Beach Renourishment/Big Pass Project Presentation
by City of Sarasota and Army Corps of Engineering
Thursday, December 5, 2013 / 5:00-7:00pm
St. Boniface Community Room
(map and directions)
Siesta Key Association invites you to attend our December meeting now dedicated to learning about the Lido Beach Renourishment Plan. This plan is being developed by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). The City of Sarasota requested this project to remedy a portion of Lido Beach, now listed as a critically eroded shoreline along the southern portion of Lido Beach. Lido Beach has been previously renourished.
The ACOE has proposed a plan to remove sand for this renourishment from the ebb shoal of Big Pass. Additionally, they are recommending placement of three groins along the southwestern end and southeast end of Lido Key.
Big Pass is a natural gulf coast inlet and navigable without dredging or maintenance. The Big Pass ebb shoal provides a buffer of protection from storm surge, wave action, and erosion of the Siesta Key coastline. With concerns about unintended consequences of impact for Big Pass and Siesta Key, we recommend our Board of County Commissioners review the ACOE plan with added Peer review expertise. Sarasota County Natural Resources staff recently identified the ACOE plan will partially occur on County owned property. The Board of County Commissioners can provide a quasi-judicial review of the plan with a formal public input process. We are grateful the Board of County Commissioners has now added this topic to their agenda, which is reported to be scheduled in January or early February 2014.
Siesta Key Association supports: 1) a public input process through our Board of County Commissioners. This would allow County residents to participate fully with a greater opportunity for discussion by residents and staff; 2) an independent coastal engineering assessment of the ACOE plan (peer review).
If you support these two elements being added prior to approval of the ACOE plan, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a direct request to the Board of County Commissioners at email@example.com. You may also mail your request to the Siesta Key Association or the Board of County Commissioners. To send your request to the Commissioners with suggested language, please see the attached document.
To learn more about the history of changes in our shoreline, Sarasota Bay, and Big Pass, as well as other pass inlets between Anna Maria and Lemon Bay, we're providing a link to the Sarasota Water Atlas. You will find a map of Big Pass and the area of concern along with links to Sarasota Coastal history. Choose the link under Recreation and Boater's Resource Guides: Historical Geography of Southwest Florida Waterways. Additional information will soon be provided within a Coastal Research Drop Box on our web page when received from ACOE and other Coastal Resource Experts.
Thank you for continued stewardship of Siesta Key.