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For Immediate Release: February 13, 2009


Sarasota, FL:  Lido Beach will soon boast beautiful light sand once again, as the much anticipated beach renourishment project gets underway.  The project could begin as soon as Valentine’s Day and is slated to finish by Wed., April 15th.  Disruption to beachgoers will be kept to a minimum.

The replacement sand will come from nearby New Pass and will be placed quickly -- approximately 350 cubic yards per day, weather permitting.  The project will start near  the Lido Pool south parking lot at the southern groin --- a rock wall perpendicular to the beach – and move southward, then return to the groin and travel northward.  The north groin is scheduled to be removed.  

Since the project will be mobile, any inconvenience at any one location will be relatively short. The only impact to beachgoers is that they will be required to walk 500 feet around a temporary fence, if they are directly at the center of the 1,000 foot construction zone. They also may hear the low rumble of machinery emanating from the dredging area.  “We apologize for any inconvenience the project may cause,” said Alex DavisShaw, City Engineer.  “We have been working on getting sand back on the beach for several years and due to state permit conditions, we have to place the sand during tourist season.”

To expedite the project, and not interfere with sea turtle nesting season, crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The contractual agreement with the construction company, Weeks Marine, requires the project to be completed by Wed., April 15th, so as not to interfere with sea turtle nesting season.  A City inspector will be on site during daytime hours.

Several parking spaces at the Lido Pool parking lot will be used as a staging area by the construction and will be closed for public parking.  As you see the dredging activity move toward your area, please remove beach furnishings.

The project is being funded by FEMA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Tourist Development Dollars.

For more information please contact Alex DavisShaw:  941-954-4180.



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