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 -
  • 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

Vincent Scolaro
Lauri Moore
Barbara Mason
Robert Fraser
Sharon Solomon
Barbara Harrell
Chris Claypoole
Janet Cole
Nora Davis
Richard Rudolph
Nancy Schroder
Frank Mazzeo
michael pepper
Klaus Duell
Jacob Kyser
Dawn Bennett
Maureen Thornby
William Mitchell
Brian Dahms
Suzanne Dittrich
Yvonne Markiewicz
Cindy Mitchell
John Bacon
Donna Zanine
Beth Beck
Ruth ann Quintyne
Melodee Pebley
Bradley McGinnis
Missy Hildebrandt
Heather Todd
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Vincent Scolaro
    signed 2018-11-13 19:51:51 -0500
    This plan to destroy a pristine stretch of our home is sickening, and disheartening that greed can so badly blind those in charge. I am beyond grateful for Justin Bloom and Suncoast Waterkeeper as a team for their work. Don’t give in!!
  • Lauri Moore
    signed via 2018-10-19 17:59:48 -0400
    Leave some natural habitat for the natives please!
  • Barbara Mason
    signed via 2018-10-18 11:05:08 -0400
    We do not need any more traffic on Manatee Ave or Cortez Rd Our infrastructure cannot handle the tremendous amount of cars heading to the beach that would be added to our now clogged roads. We can barely get out of our subdivision now without taking our life in our hands. Bradenton does not need anymore construction. Our beautiful Islands will lose all its environmenly sensitive

    waterways and wildlife habitats. They can never be replaced.
  • Robert Fraser
    signed via 2018-10-15 15:58:17 -0400
  • Sharon Solomon
    signed 2018-10-14 10:45:25 -0400
  • Barbara Harrell
    signed 2018-10-13 19:18:47 -0400
    To our county Commissioners, please stop giving in to developers and Carlos Beruff. No amount of money can replace our natural coastline. Please stop the destruction of our Florida environment.
  • Chris Claypoole
    signed 2018-10-12 20:49:43 -0400
  • Janet Cole
    signed 2018-10-12 19:57:24 -0400
  • Nora Davis
    signed 2018-10-12 15:07:41 -0400
  • Richard Rudolph
    signed 2018-10-12 12:04:09 -0400
    B Banick is owned by the real estate groups. It is doubtful she be in the least concerned about others opinions….or what is RIGHT.
  • Nancy Schroder
    signed 2018-10-12 11:04:03 -0400
  • Frank Mazzeo
    signed 2018-10-12 11:03:06 -0400
  • michael pepper
    signed 2018-10-12 10:44:51 -0400
    michael pepper
  • Klaus Duell
    signed 2018-10-12 10:44:27 -0400
  • Jacob Kyser
    signed 2018-10-12 10:33:07 -0400
  • Dawn Bennett
    signed 2018-10-12 10:31:57 -0400
  • Maureen Thornby
    signed 2018-10-12 10:31:39 -0400
  • William Mitchell
    signed 2018-10-12 10:23:44 -0400
    Remember, all 7 of our commissioners voted to let this happen…
  • Brian Dahms
    signed 2018-10-11 20:49:57 -0400
    Save our shore
  • Suzanne Dittrich
    signed 2018-10-11 20:27:38 -0400
  • Yvonne Markiewicz
    signed 2018-10-11 20:26:03 -0400
  • Cindy Mitchell
    signed 2018-10-11 19:14:00 -0400
  • John Bacon
    signed via 2018-10-11 19:03:19 -0400
    Follow the zoning regulations!
  • Donna Zanine
    signed 2018-10-11 17:41:55 -0400
  • Beth Beck
    signed 2018-10-11 17:19:28 -0400
  • Ruth ann Quintyne
    signed 2018-10-11 17:17:18 -0400
  • Melodee Pebley
    signed 2018-10-11 17:04:21 -0400
  • Bradley McGinnis
    signed 2018-10-11 16:55:59 -0400
    Once it’s done soon the Bay will be lined with high rise structures. The shore will no longer be the beautiful site from the deck of a boat out in the bay.

    Gone for future generations.

    What was once a free enjoyable privilege for all will be a possession much different for a few..
  • Missy Hildebrandt
    signed 2018-10-11 16:31:20 -0400
    Missy Hildebrandt
  • Heather Todd
    signed 2018-10-11 15:56:39 -0400

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