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Eta stalls beach renourishment projects in Sarasota and Manatee

LIDO BEACH — Tropical storm Eta did not have much of an impact on the Tampa Bay area, but its threat has halted two huge beach renourishment projects in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Equipment is stalled on Coquina Beach in Manatee County and on Lido Beach in Sarasota this week because of the possibility of swells due to Tropical Storm Eta.

Workers have been piping sand in from the gulf to replenish beaches that have become eroded from storms and hurricanes.

Now the cause of the problem is putting a halt on its solution.

Leaders say the projects will likely be on hold until Eta moves out of the gulf.