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What was a walkover to a sandy beach now drops off right into the Gulf. Charlotte and Sarasota counties are trying to tie up the details for a sand renourishment project on Manasota Key. SUN PHOTO BY STEVE REILLY

FL - Residents express sticker shock over Manasota sand project

It’s like buying a new car, when you expect one price, then sign the papers and learn the price is entirely different.

That was the feeling expressed by many Manasota Key property owners to Sarasota County commissioners Tuesday who learned late last week of the drastic change in the cost of their individual assessments to pay for the planned beach renourishment project on the Key.

Originally projected anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000, those individual assessments now range from $18,000 to $20,000 per year for seven years.

The change in the funding projections occurred when 23 property owners in the middle portion of the project area expressed opposition in late October at a meeting conducted in Venice by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to establish erosion control lines.

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