Petition to Deny Long Bar Pointe - Aqua by the Bay

Long Bar Pointe is the last unspoiled mangrove shoreline on Sarasota Bay – and needs your help.

A new housing development called Aqua by the Bay could threaten this irreplaceable treasure.

It comes up for a vote at the Manatee County Commission this Tuesday, October 3rd at 9AM.

By signing this petition, you will be urging the commissioners to deny the General Development Plan for Aqua by the Bay, and request any development follow the all the rules, including  height, and environmental protection.

Picture_of_White_Pelicans_LBP.pngThe General Development Plan would let Aqua by the Bay:

Dredge a lagoon 2½ miles long right behind the mangrove fringe. Erect a seawall behind the lagoon and allow 2,900 homes above this seawall - elevating the property to 13 feet. Over a mile of flourishing mangrove forest will be hedged impacting wildlife and a natural vista enjoyed by many and important to our tourism industry. 

It is estimated over 70 high rises 90 -100 feet tall would be built, creating a wall of  buildings never seen before in our County. More massive than what is seen now on Perico Island.  The Planning commission recommended, denial but County staff made a last minute concession and now recommend approval, it is important the County Commissioners deny this project.

Reasonable Development Plans are already approved

Longbar Pointe already has been granted approval of 2 site plans that the environmental community and citizens accept as what type of development is considered reasonable. When Carlos Beruff's company sued Manatee County to remove our environmental protection rules, the judge denied his claims, determined these plans are reasonable and after appealing, Beruff lost. This petition is not against any development, it is against the proposal before the Board.

If the current request is denied, the developer still has these already approved site plans to profit from without the need of a massive high rise project that clearly has the intentions to still dredge a new channel into Sarasota Bay connecting to this 2 mile lagoon(canal).

Many experts have testified that this new plan would have adverse impacts on the environment, violate required rules for development, and destroy our unique character of Manatee County. Thousands of citizens have voiced their opposition, and attended numerous meetings providing the evidence commissioners need to deny this approval.

By supporting this petition,

  • You let our commissioners know that our community stands firm against this approval
  • You request your support of this petition be entered into the record and allow a representative of Suncoast Waterkeeper to represent your petition at the meeting
  • You request the County ensure that the developer must comply with land development rules designed to protect our valuable environment and waterfront vistas
  • You assert that the developer already has a reasonable use of his property by the 2 previous approvals, and there is no reason to set a precedent for this intense high rise development.
  • and you request, most of all, that they deny this development.

What else can you do?

  • Write a personal email to the Chair for the County Commissioners - betsy.benac@mymanatee.org
  • Donate to help our legal battles to protect the environment - Currently we are challenging several state permits that would allow the 2 mile lagoon(canal) and a mitigation bank that would allow credits to dredge a new channel into this project. We have to pay for a court reporter at the County meetings to preserve the record in order to challenge the County if they approve this development as proposed in violation of their rules. Just click on donate to help us protect our community.

Thanks for your help – Working together for the benefit of Manatee County :

Suncoast Waterkeeper, Manatee/Sarasota Sierra Club , Manatee Fish and Game, Serenoa Chapter-Florida Native Plant Society

 

Who's signing

1,241 SIGNATURES
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • signed 2017-09-29 14:24:13 -0400
    Please deny!!

    Hard to fight science, and environment when the enemy is greed. Disheartening to have to repeatedly disarm Carl Beruff. So urgent an issue that needs FINALITY, so many species and marine life will be eradicated with this development that removes the mangroves, dredges the sand changes habitats forever. Do not allow this to happen.
  • signed via 2017-09-29 14:22:18 -0400
  • signed 2017-09-29 14:16:26 -0400
    Approval of the plan will forever change the coastline at Long Bar Pointe, and the volume of total housing planned in the area (11,000 homes under plan) will make the tourists who come during the Season very unhappy, that many will turn away to other areas. The Long Bar Pointe coastline should not be changed so radically, that it will be destroyed.
  • signed 2017-09-29 14:16:09 -0400
    This type of development can not possibly continue if we want to preserve the unique nature of our area.
  • signed via 2017-09-29 14:14:51 -0400
  • signed 2017-09-29 14:13:40 -0400
  • signed 2017-09-29 14:11:38 -0400
  • signed via 2017-09-29 14:01:12 -0400
  • signed 2017-09-29 14:01:07 -0400
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:54:46 -0400
    Lynne Rhyne
  • signed 2017-09-29 13:52:17 -0400
    I want to keep Bradenton/Sarasota the destination for the best fishing in central Florida. We must protect what God has given us. Once it is gone it’s gone forever. Stop this from happening. Marilyn Alles
  • signed 2017-09-29 13:49:49 -0400
  • signed 2017-09-29 13:49:13 -0400
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:45:53 -0400
    Please be reasonable and not allow this aweful idea to become a real thing
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:45:38 -0400
    Viva la Mangroves!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 13:42:48 -0400
    Sign the petition: Petition to Deny Long Bar Pointe - Aqua by the Bay
  • signed 2017-09-29 13:42:41 -0400
    Glen Gibellina
  • signed 2017-09-29 13:41:34 -0400
    Please don’t allow a developer’s greed for higher profits through greater density destroy the environment that people come to Florida to enjoy!
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:40:01 -0400
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:37:53 -0400
  • signed 2017-09-29 13:37:28 -0400
    brian heavrin
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:37:06 -0400
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:34:22 -0400
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:29:52 -0400
    The Beautiful and natural area of Manatee County Is disappearing right before our very eyes. There has to be a stop to this. No need for cement jungles. There are plenty of them. We have already witnessed what tourism has done to traffic to our lovely islands thanks to over advertising. Now we can’t enjoy what we live here for..
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:29:38 -0400
    Stop this dangerous theft of our natural resources. Mangroves are essential!
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:29:30 -0400
  • signed 2017-09-29 13:29:22 -0400
    Our coastal wetlands provide many more ecological services and contribute to the draw of our tourism industry easily surpassing any possible benefits gained by a housing devlopment!
  • signed 2017-09-29 13:26:43 -0400
    After recent storms, especially Irma for us, every inch of natural seashore is more

    critical than ever.
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:26:42 -0400
    I think it is very important to preserve our waterfront, plant life, fish and wild life as it is now and not allow further development to continue
  • signed via 2017-09-29 13:25:30 -0400
    Stop the madness, please! Not only is this environmentally reckless, but traffic around here is already unbearable. no amount of “profit” the County could realize in allowing this project will ever justify the natural disaster that will be felt in our community. Respect the current citizens’ quality of life!

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