LIDO BEACH, FL (WWSB) - The future of the Lido Beach pavilion and pool is now in the hands of Sarasota city commissioners.
Right now, beachgoers can enjoy the concessions and restrooms, which are just steps away from the sand. Plans for a new and improved pavilion area would give beachgoers more food, drink and recreation options.
A group of locals says Lido, which is in Sarasota city limits, doesn’t need the 200-seat restaurant, a tiki bar and a splash pad for kids. More than 5,000 people have signed a petition against the proposed changes.
“The whole atmosphere will change. It will become commercial and noisy while right now it’s very natural and serene, and people value that tranquility,” said Cathy Antunes, who organized the petition.
A representative from the redevelopment agency says the possible additions would create more amenities for beachgoers.
“The beach is the big draw here and that what seems to be what people are looking at and missing. We are going to be an accessory to the beach, not the draw,” explained Troy Syprett, a representative from Lido Beach Development LLC.
The final vote is expected at a special city commission meeting on Monday, January 14. It starts at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Here are what some citizens wrote online for the Save Lido Pavilion.