- Associated Press - Saturday, December 24, 2016

LIDO KEY, Fla. (AP) - A controversial dredging plan along Sarasota-area beaches has been given a green light to move ahead.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday posted a notice of its intent to issue a permit necessary for the plan.

The proposed project is being led by the Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Sarasota.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (https://bit.ly/2ipcxKT ) reports it would dredge up more than 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from Big Pass and use the sand to re-nourish Lido Key beaches.

Some businesses and residents from neighboring Siesta Beach fear the plan could lead to erosion along the key and circulate lower-quality sand to Siesta Beach.

Opponents of the plan now have 14 days to file an appeal.

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Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, https://www.heraldtribune.com

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