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 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $70,000.00
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 $45,000 toward our $100,000 goal to fight for an Environmental Impact Study before dredging in Big Pass is considered.

-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 $100,000.
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 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.
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.
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 5
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
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
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 Yes
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 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Director Diane Erne Community Vounteer
Treasurer Jeanne Ezcurra Volunteer
Director Vernon Johnson Volunteer
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 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
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 are blessed to have their legal team 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). But we are told a lawsuit is probable and will need significant funding even at our reduced rates. We are awaiting the comments by Army Corp to the Department of Environmental Protection in response to the Request for Additional Information #2 regarding the SCOPE of dredging project for Big Pass.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $70,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Require an Environmetal Impact Study of Big Pass before dredging is considered
Campaign Goal $100,000.00
Campaign Dates Mar 2014 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 50000 as of Mar 2016
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$21,986$3,665--
Administration Expense$1,184$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.661.88--
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$41,625$3,237--
Current Assets$41,625$3,237--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$416,125$3,237--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $61,553Contributions, gifts, grants $6,902--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $50 $0--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%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.
Financial Comments by Foundation Private foundation.  Financial information taken from Federal 990-PF.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Save Our Siesta Sand
Address 5300 Ocean Blvd Ste 201
Sarasota, FL
Phone 941 952-7000