County Celebrates Completion of Siesta Key Beach Works

Sarasota County will host a celebration ceremony today for the recently completed south Siesta Key Beach renourishment project.

The project, the second of two phases, added more than a million tons of sand dredged from three areas located seven to 10 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

It provides increased erosion and storm protection for public and private property on about two miles of shoreline.

The $21.5 million project was funded primarily by Tourist Development Tax funds, as well as a state beach grant and assessments of gulf-front private residences within the project area.

“Renourishment projects like this one help protect our community from the threat of coastal erosion,” said Sarasota County Chairman Alan Maio. “Our board has made a major commitment to funding renourishment projects that will preserve the beaches that make our community so special.”

The renourishment, which was approved by county commissioners in 2011, required several years of planning and coordination by the project team through the state and federal permitting process, as well as design and construction.

The work was completed last month, in time for the start of sea turtle nesting season.

The event will be held on the beach at Turtle Beach Park, 8862 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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