Local contractors working with the SBEP completed the development of a new tidal tributary at North Lido Park adjacent to the beach access in March. The major restoration project will improve about 30 acres on the 70 acre site. The project involved removing non-native vegetation, excavating the tidal wetland, contouring the upland area, creating dunes, and planting thousands of native plants. Major funding for the project comes from Southwest Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Other project partners include the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County. Community supporters included the Lido Shores Property Owners Association, Lido Key Residents Association, Sarasota Audubon Society, and Captain Jeffrey Karr with the Sarasota Police Department. Jay Leverone, PhD, the staff scientist with the SBEP took most of the photos.