Save Our Siesta Sand
5300 Ocean Blvd Ste 201
Sarasota FL 34242
Save our Siesta Sand 2, or SOSS2, Inc., is a Florida not for profit corporation formed in order to ensure that no harm comes to Siesta Key beaches, waterfront property or navigation in Big Pass.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Peter van Roekens
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
SOSS2, Inc
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2019
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
-SOSS2 has partnered with Florida Wildlife Federation, Suncoast Waterkeeper, and local businesses to raise awareness of the possible dangers of altering the Big Pass inlet.

-We have raised over $120,000 toward our legal fight for an Environmental Impact Study before dredging in Big Pass is considered.
- In order to be eligible for more donations we changed from a private foundation to a public charity and completed the Giving Challenge by GCCF .
- SOSS2 has been endorsed by Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce,  SK Condo Council, Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club and several SK condo Boards

-Our goal is to ensure that any plans to alter the Pass are preceded by adequate environmental studies and vetted by public communications and comments.
Needs Statement
1. Raise enough money to fight the Army Corps of Engineers in court, if necessary, to ensure an Environmental Impact Study is done prior to any dredging of Big Pass. Present goal is $200,000.
2. Continue public awareness of the possible dangers of dredging without proper environmental studies. 
Background Statement
The Army Corp of Engineers is planning to dredge Big Pass using models and information from 2002 with minor changes added in 2004 and 2008. Use of these models and information in 12 other Florida Inlets has resulted in damages to down drift beaches and coastlines. Our plan is to raise enough funds to ensure that proper Environmental Impact Studies are done before any dredging is considered. There have been major environmental changes to Big Pass and surrounding waters since the Hurricanes and storms of 2004 and 2011, including increased sea grass growth, re-nourished scallop beds indicating cleaner water, new and endangered species of birds (snowy plovers), sea life (Bottlenose dolphin, Green sea turtles, Kemp's ridleys turtles and threatened Loggerhead turtles) and marine mammals (West Indian Manatee). Mote scientists have also discovered new corals growing in Big Pass, which are Federally protected. Since 1993 groups of concerned citizens have worked with SOS, SOS4EVER, and, as of 2014, with SOSS2 to insure the welfare of Big Sarasota Pass, Big Sarasota Shoal and the beaches these two bodies nourish: the North Siesta Key Beaches and Crescent Beach. This entire system comprises the Siesta Key Closed Littoral Cell. (SKCLC) which stretches from the entrance of Big Sarasota Pass down to the Point of Rocks.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida 34242
The Siesta Key Closed Littoral Cell (SKCLC) that is a continuing natural coastal restoration system.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Since 1993 groups of concerned citizens have worked with SOS, SOS4EVER, and now with SOSS2 to insure the welfare of Big Sarasota Pass, Big Sarasota Shoal and the beaches these two bodies nourish: the North Siesta Key Beaches and Crescent Beach. This entire system comprises the Siesta Key Closed Littoral Cell. (SKCLC) which stretches from the entrance of Big Sarasota Pass down to the Point of Rocks. The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed dredging Big Pass Shoal to re nourish Lido Beach with sand from the Big Pass Shoal. While Big Pass has never been dredged, it is part of a naturally replenishing process for Siesta Key which is why we are concerned. The ACOE is using 8-10 year old information in their models to predict effects of their dredge plans without performing environmental impact studies to consider ALL possible outcomes. Due to considerable community outcry, the ACOE has changed it's SCOPE of project at least 3 times without public notification (groin changes and borrow-site changes) and is now being asked by the DEP for additional information due to inconsistencies and omissions in it's own reporting. To us this looks like incomplete studying of what could have tremendous effects on the SKCLC of Siesta Key! We need to inform everyone who loves Siesta Key to be aware and voice an opinion on what could have huge potentially disastrous effects on our beaches and businesses.
Description Siesta Key Public meeting hosted by SOSS2, May 11, 2015. Presenters: Laird Wreford, Manager of Coastal Resources; Rob Patten, President of Coastal Dunes, Inc.; Jono Miller, Charter Fellow of the Florida Natural Resource Leadership Institute; and Peter van Roekens, Chair of Save our Siesta Sand & the Boaters' Coalition. Main Speaker: Robert Young , Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines & Professor of Coastal Geology.
Budget $800
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
The Army Corps of Engineers will perform an Environmental Impact Study based on current environmental conditions and will adapt their planned dredge of Big Pass to the new findings, taking into account current ecological and marine conditions.
Long Term Success Public awareness will be improved to include a better understanding of the possible long- term effects of altering Big Pass, including the effects on Big Sarasota Bay, Lido Key, Longboat Key and New Pass.
Program Success Monitoring Our donations increased by over 2%.
Spreadsheets document additional condo contributions from condos not previously donating.
Program Success Examples The meeting was well attended: over 150 people signed in. Local news coverage was provided by ABC7, The Observer, and video-taped by SunrayLegalVideo for SOSS2 website ( Comments shared by the speakers were commented on by a retired federal judge who supports our efforts to better study the dredge plan by doing an Environmental Impact Study, as well as local resident suggestions and offers to support our cause.
Description A summer Sunday party on the Sand Bars in Big Pass to enjoy this incredible natural resource and highlight the threat that it may disappear! The Army Corps is pressing forward to dredge the shoals in Big Pass, between Siesta and Lido, without adequate public and scientific review. Line up some water transport (paddleboard, boat, kayak, sunfish, swimming) and share widely! Sponsored by Save Our Siesta Sand 2 andSuncoast Waterkeeper. Beer and support provided by SweetWater Brewing Company.
Budget $0
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short term success will be improved pubic knowledge of the process started by the Army Corp of Engineers to dredge Big Pass.
Long Term Success Long term success will be that Big Pass will not be dredged and that the Army Corp of Engineers will be required to perform an Environmental Impact Study before planning projects of this magnitude.
Program Success Monitoring Success will be monitored locally by the water quality standards studied by local scientists at Mote.
Program Success Examples Hopefully, the Army Corp of Engineers will be required to do in-depth research of all possible effects of large projects such as this.
Description Our latest efforts to inform Siesta key property owners of the current status of the proposed ACOE dredging of Big Pass involves contacting management companies and condo owners. Many of our condo owners are living elsewhere and renting out their units. This means that important information may not be reaching them. We are currently contacting all management companies and condo managers to ensure they have the latest information to pass on to the owners. 
Budget $1,000
Category Environment, General/Other Environment, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Short Term Success 100% of Siesta Key condominium owners will be notified of current concerns involving ACOE plans to dredge Sarasota Big Pass shoal and kept current on changes as they occur. Information will help them make informed decisions regarding their income status as it relates to property and businesses on Siesta Key.
Long Term Success
Our goal is to preserve the Sarasota Big Pass inlet as naturally as it has been since recorded time. It has maintained an open and navigable channel without interaction. 
Program Success Monitoring Since we started this push to notify condo owners our requests for information have increased, condo association visits have increased and letters to the City of Sarasota, ACOE and Commissioners have increased indicating more a informed public.
Program Success Examples The best outcome would be long term solutions to the continuing erosion on Lido Key requiring repeating searches for adequate sand sources.
Description A 24 hour Challenge to raise funds that will be matched, to differing degrees, by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Petterson Foundation,  William G and Marie Selby Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation and the John S and James L Knight Foundation. It turned into the largest Giving Day in Florida's history.
Budget $0
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success Present our goals to a larger population in Sarasota County and increase donations.
Long Term Success Increase public awareness and increase donations
Program Success Monitoring This was a 24 hour challenge to get a many people/organizations as possible to recognize our goals and donate funds
Program Success Examples We earned $35852 in 24 hours
On Jan 26, 2017 SOSS2 held an informational public meeting at St Boniface Church on Siesta Key. Publicity included articles in the Observer, Flyers and email blasts to our mailing list. Local Professionals with intimate knowledge of the Sarasota waterways and history presented. Speakers were Jono Miller- Jono Miller came to Sarasota in 1970 to attend New College He and his wife formed an environmental consulting partnership, studied the Myakka River, and shared duties coordinating the Environmental Studies Program at New College. Jono has walked all of the beaches in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and has canoed the length of Southwest Florida's coast from Tampa south to Flamingo. An artist, writer, and environmental advocate, Jono is best known for his work in Sarasota County on land protection, the Myakka River and water issues. Rob Patten- A Florida native and Sarasota resident for 40 years. He was Sarasota Coounty's first Marine Biologist, Formed the Coastal Zone Management and Natural resources Department and was the Executive Director of Environmental Services 2002-2008. He formed Coastal Dunes, Inc involved in designing, managing and monitoring beach restoration projects for the Town of Longboat Key and Captiva Island. He also conceived, designed and built the Mangrove Tunnels for Sarasota County Parks Dept. He was formerly the chair of the Planning Commision and Coastal Advisory Council for Sarasota County. With their abundant local knowledge they presented historical and current issues surrounding a dredge proposal in Big Pass.
The meeting was attended by over 115 people. 
Budget $1,000
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success Attended by over 115 people and several from the news media. Attendees were complimentary of the content and delivery of same. Donations received =$18,711.
Long Term Success Increased donations continued for several months accompanied by increased membership and interest from more Condo Associations.
Program Success Monitoring We continue, via the Education and Finance Committee, to reach out to community members through information letters and flyers posted in condominium.
Program Success Examples Increased membership and donations.
Program Comments by Organization What an outstanding opportunity to educate and disseminate information!
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Florida Wildlife Federation
Suncoast Waterkeeper
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Sarasota Bay Watch
Siesta Key Village Association 
Siesta Key Association
Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
Siesta Key Condo Council
Multiple Siesta Key business owners
Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization Our biggest challenges are getting current and relevant information to the residents of Sarasota. The newspapers and local publications cover incidents as they happen, but decisions to be made by City and County officials are strongly impacted by residential input. We would like to create an atmosphere of informed citizens that can best help decide what happens to our natural habitats. 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Let it Be' - the backstory
Board Chair
Board Chair Peter van Roekens
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Mar 2014 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Director Diane Erne Community Vounteer
Treasurer Jeanne Ezcurra Volunteer
Director Vernon Johnson Volunteer
Mr Frank Jurenka Director
Director Mark Smith Smith Architects, Volunteer
Chairman Peter van Roekens Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
We are an all-volunteer Board of mostly retired professionals who are passionate about saving the natural resource we live in. We have partnered with Florida Wildlife Federation and Suncoast Water Keepers and are blessed to have their legal teams helping us in a mostly pro-bono capacity. Also, other legal professionals have offered their services at significantly reduced rates. The services we have retained so far have been bartered to the lowest costs (coastal geologist, Dr. Young, meeting room at St Boniface Church, web page design/management, legal consultations, advertising). We have gained support from Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club as well as Board of Director resolution from Gulf and Bay Condo, the Siesta Key Condominium Council and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce to support SOSS2 against the ACOE and City of Sarasota proposal to dredge Big Pass.
On Dec 22,2016 The DEP  issued it Notice of Intent to file Joint Coastal Permit and Authorization to use Sovereign Submerged Lands. As this was the Holiday, Sarasota County requested a 10-day extension. SOSS2 filed their Request for Administrative Hearing on Jan 5, 2017.
SOSS2 is sharing legal expertise with Siesta Key Association and therefore can save some costs of duplication.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Require an Environmetal Impact Study of Big Pass before dredging is considered
Campaign Goal $200,000.00
Campaign Dates Mar 2014 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date 250000 as of Dec 2017
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$8,535$21,986$3,665
Administration Expense$2,243$1,184$0
Fundraising Expense$1,013$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses6.942.661.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%95%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$111,818$41,625$3,237
Current Assets$111,818$41,625$3,237
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$111,818$416,125$3,237
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $81,952Contributions, gifts, grants $61,553Contributions, gifts, grants $6,902
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $61Investment Income $50 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
All donations are being used for the stated purpose of community education, fundraising for legal representation against Army Corp of Engineers' proposed dredging of Big Pass. We have an all-volunteer board and have procured some pro bono and decreased fee-for-service legal consultations.
In 2016 SOSS2, Inc was changed to a public charity by the IRS. All donations continue to be used only for ensuring no harm comes to Siesta Key beaches, Waterfront properties or navigation in Big Pass.
Financial Comments by Foundation Private foundation.  Financial information taken from Federal 990s.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Save Our Siesta Sand
Address 5300 Ocean Blvd Ste 201
Sarasota, FL 34242
Phone 941 952-7000