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Longboat Key still waiting on New Pass groin permits

The project to keep sand from slipping through the rocky structure is the final portion of town's latest beach renourishment.

The New Pass groin tightening project, originally supposed to begin this month, will likely have to wait until after the 2023 sea turtle nesting season has wrapped up next fall, town officials said.

The town expected to receive permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late 2022 to begin the work this winter, but even as the new year began, the paperwork still had not arrived, said Longboat Key Public Works Department Programs Director Charlie Mopps.

While the window on beginning the work this turtle off-season remains open if permits arrived promptly, town officials are making plans to wave off until late 2023 should permitting not arrive.