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

Michael White
Patricia Sullivan
Mary and Bill Duda
Mike Solomon
Pat Chadwick
Laura Dean
Karen Willey
Mary Ann Rihm
Judy Chisholm
Andrew Smolcynski
Andy Mele
Cindy Trice
Terri Wonder
Lisa Goswick
Susan McClash
Kevin Tomlinson
James White
Dean Mades
Barbara Angelucci
mccabe coolidge
Edward Freeman
Justin Bloom
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Michael White
    signed 2017-09-29 11:20:06 -0400
  • Patricia Sullivan
    signed 2017-09-29 11:19:06 -0400
  • kathleen bishop
    @kathleenbish tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-29 11:18:36 -0400
    Sign the petition: Petition to Deny Longbar Point - Aqua on the Bay
  • Mary and Bill Duda
    signed 2017-09-29 11:17:35 -0400
    Yes, we both want to sign the petition!
  • Patricia Benson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 11:16:03 -0400
    Sign the petition: Petition to Deny Longbar Point - Aqua on the Bay
  • Mike Solomon
    signed 2017-09-29 11:15:08 -0400
  • Pat Chadwick
    signed 2017-09-29 11:12:50 -0400
  • Laura Dean
    signed via 2017-09-29 11:12:46 -0400
  • Karen Willey
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 11:10:40 -0400
    Sign the petition: Petition to Deny Longbar Point - Aqua on the Bay and Donate to the legal fund if you can! Thank you.
  • Karen Willey
    signed 2017-09-29 11:09:34 -0400
    Sign this petition to preserve Sarasota Bay and our quality of life. Donate to the legal fund if you can. Thank you!
  • Mary Ann Rihm
    signed 2017-09-29 11:08:22 -0400
    Please don’t ruin our Bay
  • Judy Chisholm
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 11:07:43 -0400
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  • Judy Chisholm
    signed 2017-09-29 11:07:26 -0400
  • Andrew Smolcynski
    signed 2017-09-29 11:07:05 -0400
  • Andy Mele
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 11:02:49 -0400
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  • Andy Mele
    signed 2017-09-29 11:02:11 -0400
  • Terri Wonder
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 10:59:38 -0400
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  • Cindy Trice
    signed 2017-09-29 10:59:17 -0400
  • Terri Wonder
    signed via 2017-09-29 10:59:07 -0400
    Terri Wonder
  • Lisa Goswick
    signed via 2017-09-29 10:57:33 -0400
  • Susan McClash
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 10:57:26 -0400
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  • Susan McClash
    signed 2017-09-29 10:57:01 -0400
  • Kevin Tomlinson
    signed via 2017-09-29 10:52:21 -0400
  • James White
    signed 2017-09-29 10:51:56 -0400
  • Dean Mades
    signed 2017-09-29 10:50:25 -0400
    I strongly oppose the dredge lagoon and mitigation plan components of the current development plan. As a former employee of the USGS and FL-licensed professional engineer, I have devoted nearly 40 years evaluating hydrology, water quality, and ecology in support of environmental rule making, permitting, and water resources planning. It is my professional opinion that there is no way to adequately compensate or otherwise mitigate for the environmental impacts of any changes the development plan would make to the existing wetland and riparian areas along Longbar Point. Managing the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff from the development to comply with existing water quality standards will be problematic enough.
  • Barbara Angelucci
    signed 2017-09-29 10:45:39 -0400
    This is a destructive project that will negatively change Manatee County forever.
  • Edward Harrison
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 10:41:06 -0400
    Sign the petition: Petition to Deny Longbar Point - Aqua on the Bay
  • mccabe coolidge
    signed 2017-09-29 10:41:06 -0400
  • Edward Freeman
    signed via 2017-09-29 10:40:31 -0400
  • Justin Bloom
    signed 2017-09-29 10:38:39 -0400
    Please support this battle. Suncoast Waterkeeper, FISH, Manatee/Sarasota Sierra Club , Manatee Fish and Game, Serenoa Chapter-Florida Native Plant Society are all working together to protect the Bay and our community from Carlos Beruff and company that want to squeeze every penny out of the last remaining significant mangrove forest on Sarasota Bay.

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