Wednesday, May 6, 2015

USACE Dredging Proposal Meeting

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Siesta Key Village Association, the Siesta Key Association, and the Siesta Key Condominium Council will host a meeting to address a proposal by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to use the Big Pass shoal between Siesta Key and Lido Key as a source of sand to restore badly-eroded Lido beaches.

Anyone interested in learning more about the potential effects of the plan on the Siesta Key beaches and navigation in Big Pass is encouraged to attend the special meeting to be held at the St. Boniface Church Community Center located at 5615 Midnight Pass from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11th.

Local architect, Mark Smith, will introduce panelists: Laird Wreford, Manager of Coastal Resources; Rob Patten, President of Coastal Dunes, Inc.; Jono Miller, Charter Fellow of the Florida Natural Resource Leadership Institute; and Peter van Roekens, Chair of Save our Siesta Sand & the Boaters' Coalition.

Brief presentations by each of the panelists will be capped by a presentation by Dr. Robert Young, Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines & Professor of Coastal Geology. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

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