Sarasota celebrates completion of Corps re-nourishment project at Lido Beach

By David RudermanJune 14, 2021

Here hitting the celebratory beach balls are from left to right:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Tom Polk, Kenny Poindexter, Triston Brown, Milan Mora, Erin Duffy, Andy Cummings, and Mike Mckay.  The City of Sarasota hosted a celebration for the recently completed Lido Beach renourishment project on at Lido Beach on May 27, 2021.
Here hitting the celebratory beach balls are from left to right: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Tom Polk, Kenny Poindexter, Triston Brown, Milan Mora, Erin Duffy, Andy Cummings, and Mike Mckay. The City of Sarasota hosted a celebration for the recently completed Lido Beach renourishment project on at Lido Beach on May 27, 2021. (Photo Credit: David Ruderman) VIEW ORIGINAL

SARASOTA, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, Sarasota City officials and local beach lovers gathered to celebrate the completion of the district’s Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project at Lido Beach May 27, 2021.

With parts of Lido Beach eroding over time, the Corps partnered with the city of Sarasota and began pumping recycled sand onto Lido Key last spring.

“What we see is a real win, win. Whenever we can make beneficial use of sand that is already existing without going so far out that is always a great thing,” said Lt. Col. Todd Polk, deputy district commander for South Florida. “This dredged sand is about a mile and a half long and the length of a full football field wide.”

The project pumped nearly 700,000 cubic yards of sand onto a 1.56-mile stretch of Lido Key, extending the beach's width by an average of nearly 300 feet. The reinforced shoreline reaches from the north public beach access to Ted Sperling Park.

Lt. Col. Todd Polk, the deputy district commander for South Florida is interviewed by Tim Burquest, a news reporter from WTSP, CBS in St. Petersburg after the completion ceremony for the recently completed Lido Beach renourishment project on at Lido Beach on May 27, 2021.
Lt. Col. Todd Polk, the deputy district commander for South Florida is interviewed by Tim Burquest, a news reporter from WTSP, CBS in St. Petersburg after the completion ceremony for the recently completed Lido Beach renourishment project on at Lido Beach on May 27, 2021. (Photo Credit: David Ruderman) VIEW ORIGINAL

Two large groins made of nearly 5,000 tons of armor stone were constructed along South Lido Beach to further reduce the effects of erosion.

The $12.68 million project was funded 62 percent by the Army Corps of Engineers, 19 percent by the state and 19 percent by the city.

Completion of the beach construction marks the start of a 50-year partnership between the city and the Army Corps of Engineers, meaning that continued renourishment of Lido Key will take place on a roughly five-year cycle to maintain the shoreline’s resilience.

“This has been a great project, a long time in the planning and with lots of challenges along the way, but I think the final construction has turned out great,” said Bryan Merrill, project manager for the Corps’ Jacksonville District.

The City of Sarasota hosted a celebration for the recently completed Lido Beach renourishment project on at Lido Beach on May 27, 2021.   Here hitting the Lido Beach commemorative beach balls are, from left:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Tom Polk, Vice Mayor Erik Arroyo, Mayor Hagen Brody, Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch, Commissioner Liz Alpert, Commissioner Kyle Battie, City Manager Marlon Brown, Lido Key Residents Association President Carl Shoffstall, and City Engineer Alex Davis-Shaw.  (USACE photo by David J. Ruderman)
The City of Sarasota hosted a celebration for the recently completed Lido Beach renourishment project on at Lido Beach on May 27, 2021. Here hitting the Lido Beach commemorative beach balls are, from left: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Tom Polk, Vice Mayor Erik Arroyo, Mayor Hagen Brody, Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch, Commissioner Liz Alpert, Commissioner Kyle Battie, City Manager Marlon Brown, Lido Key Residents Association President Carl Shoffstall, and City Engineer Alex Davis-Shaw. (USACE photo by David J. Ruderman) (Photo Credit: David Ruderman) VIEW ORIGINAL

“We’ve had super support from our partners in the city and strong execution by our contractor and Corps folks. Scores of people of have contributed their expertise and hard work over the years to make this happen, and I am very happy to be the project manager at this historic milestone,” he said.