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

Rich Kushner
Ryan Geraldson
Paul S
Charles Martin
Janice Fritzmeier
Fredric Evenson
Sean McClash
Karen DiCostanzo
Josh Hord
Larry Macmillan
Kim Umana
Donna Cay Tharpe
Anthony Cowan
Jeff Grove
Donna Hovanec
Joe McClash
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Justin Bloom
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-29 10:33:11 -0400
    Sign the petition: Petition to Deny Longbar Point - Aqua on the Bay
  • Rich Kushner
    signed 2017-09-29 10:32:40 -0400
  • Ryan Geraldson
    signed 2017-09-29 10:32:39 -0400
    Let’s develop our area responsibly, and learn from the mistakes of our high-rise-ugly-coastline neighbors. We can grow, but we can and should be a model for responsibility.
  • Paul S
    signed 2017-09-29 10:28:08 -0400
    Paul Schulman
  • Charles Martin
    signed 2017-09-29 10:23:41 -0400
  • Janice Fritzmeier
    signed 2017-09-29 10:11:02 -0400
  • Fredric Evenson
    signed 2017-09-29 10:09:49 -0400
  • Sean McClash
    signed 2017-09-29 10:08:28 -0400
  • Karen DiCostanzo
    signed 2017-09-29 10:00:59 -0400
  • Josh Hord
    signed 2017-09-29 09:59:36 -0400
    The only inhabitants should be the natural wildlife. We should not allow any development that will end up destroying this ecological wonder.
  • Larry Macmillan
    signed 2017-09-29 09:58:27 -0400
  • Kim Umana
    signed 2017-09-29 09:57:32 -0400
  • Donna Cay Tharpe
    signed 2017-09-29 09:56:55 -0400
  • Anthony Cowan
    signed 2017-09-29 09:55:29 -0400
  • Jeff Grove
    signed 2017-09-29 09:47:30 -0400
  • Donna Hovanec
    signed 2017-09-29 09:47:29 -0400
  • Joe McClash
    signed 2017-09-29 09:37:07 -0400
    Please deny this request that clearly violates our development rules.

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