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Lido Beach renourishment to begin

5:21 PM, Feb 13, 2009   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -  Lido Beach's much anticipated beach renourishment project is soon to get underway.

The project could begin as soon as Valentine's Day and is slated to finish by Wednesday, 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, weather permitting. The project will start near the Lido Pool south parking lot at and move southward, then return and travel northward.

 While the renourishment is going on, beachgoers 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.

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.

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

City of Sarasota and 10 Connects News

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