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$4 million dollar Lido Beach renourishment project approved by city

Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 18, 2018

LIDO BEACH, Fla. — For the past few months, red tide has been the main topic on Lido Beach. While some may have forgotten about the state of emergency, because of beach erosion, city leaders haven't. 

"It's terrible. It really is," said local, Sharon Miller. 

Sarasota City Commissioners approved a $4 million temporary fix. They're going to take 185,000 cubic yards of sand from New Pass and move it to Lido. The money for the project is coming from the city, the state, FEMA, and possibly the county.

Some locals, like Miller, agrees that the problem does need to be fixed, but they don't like this idea. 

"Why waste $4 million on a temporary fix?" she said. "You don't even know how long that fix is going to work." 

City Engineer, Alex Davis Shaw said there's a long-term plan in the works, but it's only in the design stages right now. She said the city can't afford to wait. 

"It will take one storm, [and we] might lose a road, more beach, or it could ruin the infrastructure," said Davis-Shaw. 

The temporary project will start in November. The city hopes to start the long-term project by the spring.