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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – May 14, 2018 – Administrative law judge Bram Canter agreed with the City of Sarasota, Army Corps of Engineers and a group of business owners and homeowners in rejecting a challenge by Siesta Key residents attempting to block state permission for dredging of Big Pass; ruling the Florida Department of Environmental Protection should issue a permit to allow a project to conduct long-term beach renourishment on severely eroded Lido Key to move forward.

    Canter found the permit challengers failed to provide any material, studies, or testimony supporting the majority of their claims that the project would negatively affect Siesta Key and Big Pass’ fish and wildlife. His ruling does, however, requires the project to be modified slightly to account for some environmental concerns, including a recommendation to limit the amount of sand the project is authorized to remove from Big Pass to a maximum of 1.3 million cubic yards of sand. Canter’s recommended order now goes back to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for consideration and issuance of a Final Order.

    Attorney John R. Herin, Jr. is of counsel with the Land Use, Environment and Government Affairs Departments of statewide law firm GrayRobinson and led the GrayRobinson team representing the City of Sarasota in the matter.

    The matter was featured in the Herald-Tribune.

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