PLEA FOR THE PASS

By Rachel Brown Hackney
Editor

With the melody of Let It Be and the soothing sound of lapping waves in the background, the video opens with a black screen and the statement, "Big Pass in Sarasota is one of the last unspoiled inlets left in Florida and its sand nourishes Siesta Key."

Within moments, hands appear on the keys of an organ and then the camera pulls back to show the lovely young woman seated at the musical instrument, her turquoise earrings a slightly lighter shade than the waves flowing behind her.

As Sarasota native Maria Lane sings that last, haunting ballad of The Beatles, the scene shifts again to show the viewer that she is surrounded by water. 

Big Pass Piano is the latest salvo launched by the nonprofit organization Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) in an effort to halt the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' and the City of Sarasota's plans to dredge Big Pass to re-nourish a critically eroded section of Lido Key. 

Lane's soulful rendition of the Beatles classic and the video's "stunning imagery of the pass" encourage viewers to learn more about the project at the SOSS2 website, the news release points out. Big Pass Piano "was created to heighten awareness of the risks in fundamentally altering a natural inlet that has been open to navigation and untouched since it first appeared on charts" in the 1800s, the release adds.

The news release quotes Siesta Key resident Peter van Roekens, who is also chairman of the Boaters' Coalition: "This video captures the essence of the pristine beauty that is Big Pass. If Big Pass had a voice, this would be it."

- Full Article in Sarasota News Leader