Demolition of equipment at site of former Siesta Key Water Reclamation Facility to get underway soon

County staff sending mailer to residents within 1,000 feet of property

The site of the demolition is shaded in red in this graphic included on the notices going into the mail. Image courtesy Sarasota County

On July 17, Sarasota County staff planned to mail out notices to residents living within 1,000 feet of the Siesta Key Master Pump Station, on Oakmont Place, to inform them of the upcoming demolition of wastewater treatment equipment that no longer is in use.

As The Sarasota News Leader reported on July 10, Sarasota County staff has contracted with Cross Construction Services of Lutz to handle the work at 5200 Oakmont Place. On July 7, the County Commission approved the $1,101,998.75 contract.

“With the decommissioning of the Siesta Key Water Reclamation Facility, formerly known as the Siesta Key Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, and construction of the new Siesta Key Master Pump Station, the majority of the remaining infrastructure on the plant site is no longer needed and can be demolished,” the notice says.

John Saputo IV, construction project manager for the county’s Capital Projects Division, asked the Siesta Key Association (SKA) to help spread the word about the impending work, SKA Director Robert Luckner told the News Leader on July 15.

The project includes the removal and demolition of select tanks, buildings and aboveground structures, the notice points out. The new master pump station, a 2-million-gallon tank, and a warehouse will remain on the site, the mailer adds.

Among other minor improvements will be the erection of new fencing at the entrance of the site, construction of a new asphalt driveway, and the sodding of the area after the demolition has been completed, the mailer points out.

“Demolition is scheduled to begin in July and is expected to be complete in November 2020,” the mailer says, adding, “Thank you for your patience during construction.”