City, County differ on Lido re-nourishment
SARASOTA COUNTY - The City of Sarasota and Sarasota County are going back- and -forth on another issue. This time it is about beach re-nourishment on Lido Key.
A letter from City Manager Tom Barwin, asking for permission to allow contractors to stage the project on portions of Ted Sperling Park, which is county-owned, was delivered to the county. According to the Herald Tribune, having this staging area would save taxpayers "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
The Army Corps of Engineers expects to put the project out for bids in November - for the second time. The extensive $22 million Corps project prompted lawsuits by two groups, the Siesta Key Association and Save Our Siesta Sands 2. So far legal judgments have been in the Corps' favor.
At Tuesday's County Commission meeting, two Lido Key residents spoke in support of expediting the project and granting use of the park, and two Siesta Key residents spoke against it. Board members did not discuss the matter further.