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

Karen Marchi
Edward Burton
Elizabeth Burton
Mary Creed
Marijke Rolla
David Briwn
Paula Ney
Charlene Eickholt
Mark Sublett
Tom Ney
Penny Walden
Vincent Marchitelli
Debbie Mcgillis
Lynda Martin
richard chapmanR
Mike Martinoff
Marilyn Medo
Myra Chateau
Raymond Sabb
Randell Brandenburg
John Russo
Bill Burke
Stephen Kober
Charlotte Wuepper
Winter Kelly
Kenneth Kaczorowski
Meredith Ellsworth
John Collison
Sue Passwater
Terri Myers
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Karen Marchi
    signed 2018-10-11 10:45:36 -0400
  • Edward Burton
    signed 2018-10-11 10:41:24 -0400
  • Elizabeth Burton
    signed 2018-10-11 10:39:19 -0400
  • Mary Creed
    signed 2018-10-11 10:34:41 -0400
    Mary F Creed
  • Marijke Rolla
    signed 2018-10-11 10:26:24 -0400
  • David Briwn
    signed 2018-10-09 12:53:17 -0400
  • Paula Ney
    signed 2018-10-09 11:41:49 -0400
    This is an appalling idea!!!!
  • Charlene Eickholt
    signed 2018-10-08 11:35:00 -0400
  • Mark Sublett
    signed via 2018-10-08 11:00:19 -0400
  • Tom Ney
    signed 2018-10-07 13:49:43 -0400
  • Penny Walden
    signed 2018-10-07 12:36:48 -0400
  • Vincent Marchitelli
    signed 2018-10-07 07:13:59 -0400
    Vincent Marchitelli
  • Debbie Mcgillis
    signed 2018-10-07 06:30:33 -0400
    The Developer must comply with land development rules designed to protect our valuable environment and waterfront vistas. And you commissioners need to enforce the rules already in place.
  • Lynda Martin
    signed 2018-10-06 17:32:14 -0400
  • richard chapmanR
    signed via 2018-10-06 16:51:11 -0400
  • Mike Martinoff
    signed via 2018-10-06 16:28:41 -0400
    This is criminal to let this developer get away with this. He needs to be shut down!
  • Marilyn Medo
    signed 2018-10-06 12:53:21 -0400
  • Myra Chateau
    signed 2018-10-05 17:30:09 -0400
  • Raymond Sabb
    signed 2018-10-05 16:50:31 -0400
    Tired of big business ruining the environment, HEAR ME CARLOS?
  • Randell Brandenburg
    signed 2018-10-05 14:52:08 -0400
    Every current Manatee County Commissioner is responsible. Vote them out, starting with Carol Whitmore
  • John Russo
    signed via 2018-10-05 13:58:17 -0400
  • Bill Burke
    signed 2018-10-05 13:01:47 -0400
  • Stephen Kober
    signed 2018-10-05 10:24:14 -0400
    Anna Maria Island is already overcrowded with no improvements completed on the access roads to the island. In addition to the increase nutrient runoff
  • Charlotte Wuepper
    signed via 2018-10-04 16:05:23 -0400
  • Winter Kelly
    signed 2018-10-03 21:41:34 -0400
  • Kenneth Kaczorowski
    signed 2018-10-03 16:30:56 -0400
  • Meredith Ellsworth
    signed 2018-10-03 15:32:49 -0400
  • John Collison
    signed 2018-10-03 14:18:04 -0400
  • Sue Passwater
    signed 2018-10-03 10:13:56 -0400
  • Terri Myers
    signed 2018-10-03 00:10:46 -0400

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