The Board of SOSS2 would like to thank each and every one of you who generously contributed to support our fight against the Army Corps of Engineers and their 50 year plan to dredge the Big Pass shoal that protects Siesta Key.
We deeply regret that our lawsuit in federal court was not successful. On July 6, 2020 Chief Justice Steven D. Merryday denied our request for a temporary restraining order against the ACOE, and on September 30, 2020 he rendered his final ruling, in favor of the ACOE and against SOSS2. After consultation with legal experts, and in light of the current federal stance on environmental issues, we have decided not to file an appeal.
While we have failed to prevent the ACOE from dredging Big Pass to renourish south Lido, we remain committed to our mission, which is to protect Siesta beaches, Siesta waterfront property, and Big Pass, and to preserve navigation in Big Pass. We anticipate that additional threats to Big Pass will arise in the future, and we will continue to fight against these threats as they arise.
Mark H. Smith
Chair, SOSS2 Board of Directors