Longboat Key, Florida | November 6th, 2018 – The City of Sarasota would be hitting two birds with one stone in its project to repair some of the eroded beach portions in Lido Key. The plan is to renourish the beaches with sand dredged from New Pass which has become so shallow that boats are now having problems navigating the waterway.
The dredging, in turn, would not only benefit the Lido’s beach but also deepen New Pass and allow a safer route for boats entering and leaving Longboat Key via this waterway. The project, which costs $3.9 million, is set to begin before the end of this year. About 185,000 cubic yards (approximately equivalent to 15,000 dump truck loads) would be drawn from New Pass and moved to the eroded Lido Key beaches. The dredging of New Pass and placement of sand on Lido Beach is expected to take 90 days to be finished.
Waterfront Listings to Benefit
Notably, this undertaking would benefit not only our current four sales listings at The Beach Residences in Lido. The project would also highlight the prime “water extras” of the luxury properties that our Judy Kepecz-Hays team has sales-listed at Longboat’s Lighthouse Point and at Tangerine Bay where we have arranged two condo listings just recently.
Both of these LBK communities are notably located on the south end of town near New Pass and are perfect choices for the avid boaters. Once the New Pass sand dredging has been completed, navigating the channel would be less tricky, as it would be deepened, and the problem of shifting sands, which renders charts unreliable, would be alleviated. The U.S. Coast Guard could also later reinstall the navigation markers earlier removed from New Pass because shoaling or shallowing waters made these markers unreliable.
It’s likewise noteworthy that Longboat’s town officials have taken steps to remedy the troublesome beach erosion at the north end of the island. To protect our town’s beach assets there, 30,000 tons of sand sourced from a mine in Polk County were placed on a 600-foot stretch of Longboat’s northern coastline. The town has likewise plans to install groins on that beach stretch to help curb erosion.
Longboat Key’s next beach re-nourishment project is scheduled for 2021. More than 3.3 million cubic yards of sand has been used to re-nourish the island’s 9.3-mile shoreline since 1993.
Smart Picks for a Boating Lifestyle
From all these recent developments affecting Longboat and Lido Key properties, it is evident that selling or buying a waterfront or beachfront property tends to be more complicated. Buyers with a boating lifestyle would naturally look for the perfect choice not only suited as a residence but also just right for their boats.
Those with sailboats or motorboats would have to search for properties with access to deep water or sailboat water, and where bridges, channels, and passes are not much of an issue. For other residential property buyers content with smaller boats, such as canoes and kayaks, the pick may gravitate on just boating water typically provided in communities along canals and inlets.
Sellers of waterfront properties, on the other hand, would need to highlight all the features that would make their residences appealing to boat-loving buyers. Staging of these properties, in short, needs to be expertly handled, and this is where our team can come in. Call or e-mail us and tap our expertise in waterfront real estate sharpened by our decades of experience in this market segment.