Fighting the sand on Siesta Key

   SNL/Siesta Sand heard a complaint the first week of June about the sand piled up on the vacated segment of North Beach Road. The 357-foot-long stretch clearly is marked by signage as “Public Access.” However, from the Beach Access 2 perspective on the evening of June 7, the area did appear to this reporter to be part of the beach, not a roadway.

   An inquiry of county staff about the situation, acknowledged that the same breezes that make sitting on the shore at Access 2 so comfortable contribute to sand on the road. Emergency Services Media Relations Officer Ashley Lusby checked with appropriate staff and provided this response: “The last time the sand was cleared from North Beach road was on June 3, 2018. Additionally, we followed up with our street sweepers on Monday, June 5, and finished cleaning this section of North Beach Road. We will continue to monitor and clean this area as needed.”

   According to the street vacation the County Commission approved on a 4-1 vote in May 2016, the affected segment of North Beach Road is open to all users except those in motorized vehicles.