Drainage project tops SKA agenda


Drainage project tops SKA agenda


Date: October 2, 2013
by: Nolan Peterson | News Editor



Topping the agenda at Thursday’s Siesta Key Association (SKA) monthly meeting will be an update by Sarasota County Project Manager Alex Boudreau on the Beach Road Drainage Improvements Project.

The drainage project has been delayed by up to a month due to September's heavy rainfall, which left portions of the construction site flooded. The county is exploring several options to drain the standing water and will likely settle on a plan to treat the water on site before pumping it into the Gulf of Mexico. The cost has yet to determined for the water removal, although Sarasota County Construction Services Manager Mike Elfers said the plan would likely cost "hundreds of thousands" of dollars.

Also up for discussion Thursday will be the controversial plan to dredge Big Pass for Lido Beach sand. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently publicly unveiled its plans at a Sarasota County Coastal Advisory Committee meeting. The Army’s plans, presented by Project Manager Milan Mora, include three controversial erosion control jetties, known as groins.

Residents and area lawmakers have raised concerns in the past about the unknown effects the groins may have on Siesta Beach.

The Siesta Key Association meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Oct. 3, at St. Boniface Church, 5615 Midnight Pass, Siesta Key.

Residents can call 364-4880 for more information.

Contact Nolan Peterson at npeterson@yourobserver.com




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Currently 2 Responses

  • 1.
  • Quite a MESS ! Why did none of the "professionals" involved in this project not consider the rainy season ? Tearing out decades of old trees and vegetation that "suck up" most of that dirty water was not a good idea at all ! . It will be Fair to have those that messed this Siesta Key up. Pay the several thousand dollars and them terminate all of them - - for Cause.
  • Donald J. Porter
    Wed 2nd Oct 2013
    at 8:21pm
  • 2.
  • VERY POOR planning WHO exactly did not consider the rainy season & removing ALL vegetation there for MANY decades that "suck up" a lot of the standing dirty water . NOT anymore !!

    Let those responsible for this OVERSIGHT pay the several hundred thousand & fire them ! These are knowledgeable professionals ?
  • Donald J. Porter
    Wed 2nd Oct 2013
    at 7:33pm
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