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USACE to host public meeting on Lido Key dredging July 23rd

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Jacksonville District, is gathering information to define issues and concerns associated with implementation of the Lido Key Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project, Sarasota County, Florida, including those related to alternatives for source material.

The meeting agenda starts with a sign-in and the availability of subject matter experts to discuss project information and answer individuals’ questions prior to the formal presentations, which will begin at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Following the presentation, the Corps will invite meeting attendees to publically ask questions and provide comments. Subject matter experts will also be available following the formal portion of the meeting.

The City of Sarasota requested federal assistance with shore erosion more than a decade ago, and Congress directed the Corps of Engineers to construct the Lido Key Project as part of the Sarasota County Hurricane and Storm Reduction Project. The Corps conducted an Environmental Assessment in 2002, with a Feasibility Report Addendum in 2004. The Corps report describes a preferred plan with nourishment of an 80-foot-wide beach berm on 1.56 miles of shoreline and a groin field at the southern limits of the project. The nourishment would require sand placement at approximate five-year intervals for 50 years.

The Corps will hold two public scoping meetings to offer opportunity for input. Please join other stakeholders and concerned citizens at either meeting time:

Wednesday,July 23, 2014
2:00-3:30 PM or 6:00-7:30 PM
Sarasota City Hall, Room 112
1565 1st Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236