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Longboat closer to moving forward on north end groin projects

Part of Longboat Key’s new beach management plan has received preliminary approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The state DEP published a Notice of Intent to issue permits for Longboat’s proposed north end groin projects. The notice lets interested parties know in advance so they can voice their disagreement.

“The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to … authorize the construction of five additional permeable rock groins and the placement of sand along a 2,500-foot segment of the shoreline,” the public notice reads.

Anyone “whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's action may petition for an administrative hearing,” the letter continues. Said petition “may result in a modification of the permit or even a denial of the application.”