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A federal judge has denied an attempt to halt the dredging of Big Pass by an organization formed to protect Siesta Key beaches. The dredging effort is to restore sand on Lido Key. Herald-Tribune Archive Photo

FL - Judge denies attempt to halt the dredging of Big Pass

Tardiness and inconsistent court filings cited in decision to let beach project proceed.

A federal judge has denied a last-minute attempt to halt the dredging of Big Pass by an organization formed to protect Siesta Key beaches.

Save Our Siesta Sands 2 filed a request for a temporary restraining and preliminary injunction order from the court, days before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to begin the beach renourishment project.

The organization argued that the Lido Key shoreline beach rebuilding could have significant negative environmental and economic consequences for Siesta Key.

The timing in filing the request may have cost them the case.

Save Our Siesta Key 2 waited until three business days and the intervening Fourth of July weekend before the work was to begin to file the bid for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

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