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State of emergency declared for Lido Beach erosion

Sarasota County
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A local state of emergency was declared by the City of Sarasota for Lido Beach erosion Wednesday afternoon.

The state of emergency was declared after a walking inspection of the severely eroded beach by City Manager Tom Barwin and a Florida Department of Environmental Protection official.

It applies to the most threatened portions of Lido Beach.

On the southern half of Lido Beach, markers R-37 south to R-44.2 are included.  

Along the northern portion of Lido Beach, markers R-31 to R-33 are part of the local state of emergency.

A property owner would be eligible to place up to 300 cubic yards of beach-quality bagged sand on the beach to protect private property. Barwin plans to petition Tallahassee to double that amount.

The city is pursuing two tracks to renourish the beach.

In the short team, the city has an approved permit and expects to replace sand lost during Hurricane Irma by this fall.

In the long term, the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection initially approved a permit for a 50-year-old program with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to renourish the beach on a regular basis, possibly every five years.

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