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Phasing in Long Bar Pointe

Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:07 am

BRADENTON -- At Tuesday's board meeting, Manatee County Commissioners struggled for hours to convince 99 percent of their audience that the board was helpless in the decision making process to approve the first 200 of what is to be thousands of dwellings on the last mangrove-laden, undeveloped portion of Sarasota Bay in Manatee County.

 

Informed citizens seemed to be wheelbarrowing in the studies that predicted the devastation, likely to occur sooner or later for those who reside on shoreline property. There were astute environmentalists, wearing all of the experience it takes to be alert and concerned about what climate change will bring -- no matter whose fault it is -- and there were heartfelt retirees, wishing only to escape the guilt that comes with only having pictures to show their grandchildren how things were.

 

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Ed Goff, Jack Merriam, Barbarba Angelucci, Larry Grossman, Lee Redfern, Barbara Heinz, Terrie Wonder, Sandy Ripberger, Paul Valenz, Jaime Canfield, Arlene Flisik, Joe Kane and too many more to include, presented brilliant factual arguments to commissioners, but to no avail. 

 

They talked about "Understanding Atmospheric Deposition," a Tampa Bay Estuary Program study, about how nitrogen makes its way to the bay and watershed. There were concerns about there not being any master plan for the project, no language on wetland preservation, nesting migratory birds and other wildlife, anywhere in the applicant's plan. 

 

Staff told commissioners that they didn't include the "green belt" around the parcel (code practice for Planned Development Residential zones) because they knew the applicant would be getting additional permits in the applicant's other parcels connected to the property.

 

This demonstrated what those who feel obligated to protect eco-sensitive areas are up against, what they call a rubber-stamp mentality. The assumption everyone is operating under? Build it and they will come. "Trouble is," said Joe Kane, "at what cost?"

 

Commissioner Michael Gallen never got comfortable with the answers he was getting from staff and the applicant.

 

"So back to the whole idea of having a planned project," Gallen said, "... we are not doing that here. Where are the plans for the next parcel being developed?"

 

Gallen was alone in voting against the request to approve the project, which passed 6-1.  

  

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The entire parcel of Long Bar Pointe & the Fruit Company land is 12-16 ft, above sea level. The FEMA flood rated has the highest
Flood Risk"A" & Veleocity"V" .Insurance premiums as they stand now
are not affordable ! As a result of Super Storm Sandy, to safely build on this parcel you will have to build homes on pilings to possibly sustain severe flooding !Piling heights need to be 6-9ft.
Posted by sanford danziger on March 4, 2014
 

The entire parcel of Long Bar Pointe & the Fruit Company land is 12-16 ft, above sea level. The FEMA flood rated has the highest
Flood Risk"A" & Veleocity"V" .Insurance premiums as they stand now
are not affordable ! As a result of Super Storm Sandy, to safely build on this parcel you will have to build homes on pilings to possibly sustain severe flooding !Piling heights need to be 6-9ft.
Posted by sanford danziger on March 4, 2014
 

Times get hard and the most precious things left are put on the auction block with out thought, has all the morons that get into office ever had anything that doesn't have a price to the easy come easy go mentally disturbed politicians who value nothing other that money or benefits in ill-gotten gain, that tramples their supposed Oath of public servants, to protect yes even the public environment.
Posted by william Frank Kirkland on February 26, 2014
 

I encourage the public to shift their thinking about this project. As a West Bradenton resident, I see a great opportunity to create an extraordinary development AND preserve and even enhance the high quality natural amenities in this area. The combined efforts of everyone working together will yield results beyond your greatest imagination, but we all must commit to open our minds and work together to achieve this.
Posted by Misty Servia on February 26, 2014
 

What about the TURTLES that will be mowed under when land starts being cleared???????????????????? Aren't developers supposed to make efforts to remove them first?
Posted by Kathy Morrison on February 26, 2014
 

Thank you, John, for the information. It is a sad situation where money trumps the will of the people...responsibility towards saving marshland/mangroves for the ecological system that provide for Manatee County's future certainly fell to the people, not the commissioners...and the commissioners subverted their own responsibility...Certainly the people gave it everything...the commissioners, nothing.
Posted by Norma Killebrew on February 26, 2014
 

Thankfully, The Bradenton Times is taking a sane look at the proposed Long Bar Pointe project. And developers' lawyer Ed Vogler misstated there was "a very small area of mangroves" on LBP. I do not know whether Vogler has even explored this area by boat to say such a falsehood. But being a lawyer means stretching the truth for your customers. Our group SOB would be happy to take Vogler on site to show how ill informed he is. Thanks to Michael Gallon for bravely demanding more information before blithely approving the developers' statements to commissioners/patrons. I'm mad as hell.
Posted by Joe Kane on February 26, 2014
 

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