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Lido Key in Sarasota is facing a major beach renourishment project but the works will not affect beach goers. CITY OF SARASOTA

FL - Lido Key Beach Will Get More Sand. When Is Not Known

The latest beach renourishment plan for Lido Key Beach still doesn’t have a start date, but officials say they know what is needed to protect the shore for the next five years.

The 2.6-mile-long beach, owned by the city of Sarasota, last had a renourishment in April 2019. A larger scale replacement of sand is planned this time, said City Engineer Alex Davis-Shaw.

She said the $19.6 million project is expected to provide protection to the shoreline for a longer period this time - at least five years. There are places where the impact has lasted longer. For instance, she said Venice Beach launched a similar project and was able to provide protection for seven years.

The main goal is to protect the houses and businesses along the shoreline from the consequences of erosion and to protect residents from possible floods. Davis-Shaw said the project includes adding sand on the shore and placing in the water structures called groins.

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