Florida: Lido Beach renourishment causes ripples
City commissioner makes direct appeal to county for help.
Another back-and-forth between the city and county of Sarasota is taking shape — this one having to do with a beach renourishment project on Lido Key.
On Tuesday, City Commissioner Shelli Freeland Eddie traveled to the meeting of county commissioners in Venice to hand-deliver a letter from City Manager Tom Barwin, asking for permission to allow contractors to stage the project on north and west portions of Ted Sperling Park, which is county-owned. Having this place to park heavy equipment and groins, the letter said, would save taxpayers “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Time is of the essence on this agreement, Freeland Eddie told the county board, because the Army Corps of Engineers expects to put the project out for bids in November — for the second time. The first round of bids came in unacceptably high, and the city and the Corps have been working to limit the project’s scope to save money.
“In past shoreline work, contractors have been allowed to utilize portions of the park,” Freeland Eddie said, reading from the letter. “Our staffs have worked out reasonable guidelines and restrictions.”