Siesta Key Association moving forward on legal action

| January 1, 2017

Ever since the need to find a source of sand for Lido Key without impacting Siesta Key, the Siesta Key Association has worked diligently to find an appropriate solution. It has been our goal that no harm come to Siesta Key or Lido Key, that any project is designed to protect and ensure natural resources remain for the all who live here. SKA worked to create environmentally sound alternatives for Lido Key which minimized risk to our coastal home. Our work is documented within the FDEP Dredge Permit files.

The Sarasota County Commissioners (BCC) requested City of Sarasota and ACOE develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), asking FDEP to delay permit approval until completed. SKA requested this action after BCC engaged Atkins Engineering to complete a peer review of impacts to Sarasota County.

The ACOE response to the BCC occurred 3 months later with a few unusual comments. They stated Big Pass was a “man made inlet”and “no significant conflicts or controversy” about the project in our community. These statements are dismissive of citizen input as well as our historic and unique coastal environment. The SKA has hired Hopping, Green & Sams, PA , Tallahassee, FL to ensure our coastal community is protected. Our goal is to have an EIS completed. Sarasota Big Pass has never been dredged. It is not manmade. There are navigational maps dating back to the 1800’s showing the Pass. While man has impacted our coastal region, our beautiful coastal inlet remains naturally .

SKA needs your help. We need your Membership to help fund our legal action. Please become a SKA member. To join online, www.SiestaKeyAssociation.com • 941-364-4880 for assistance or questions.

Siesta Key Association Board of Directors

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