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

Marion Marchese
Diane Hoagland
Cathy Dowling
Karen Orofino
James Henshaw
Charlotte Mansur
Paula Quirk
Penny Thomas
Susan Curry
Donna Shannon
Dorothy Agen
Randal Cooper
Charles Church
Carol Alt
Frank Kaphan
Arla Carter
richard cochran
Jean Ford
Crestie Smith
Rickey Graves
Rosalee Moore
Mark Hoagland
Leslie McGrath
Mona McGrath
Jean Sackett
Margie Mundy
Darlene Oliver
David Kaiser
Gail Schwartz
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Marion Marchese
    signed via 2018-10-02 14:30:56 -0400
    It would ruin our environment; ruin our eco-system in so many ways. Lastly, it would increase our traffic problems 100%, all for the sake of filling one man’s pockets.
  • Diane Hoagland
    signed 2018-10-02 11:03:53 -0400
    Allowing this to go forward will be recorded as the worst devastation of the natural shoreline and destruction of habitat for birds, as well as waters supplying fish for thousands. The water in the area is known as the kitchen, supplying the needs of generations of Cortez residents, as well as supplying seafood that is distributed worldwide. The impact of this plan will deny future decendents to ever see this natural beauty as we know it. Those responsible for this decision should think of the FUTURE and preserve this beautiful area. “It has been stated that Sarasota Bay has been designated as Oustanding Florida Waters, one of some 40 waterbodies in the state afforded special protection because of its natural attributes.”

    Vote against this.. Diane Hoagland
  • Cathy Dowling
    signed 2018-10-02 08:27:27 -0400
  • Karen orofino
    @KarenOrofino tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-02 07:20:01 -0400
    Sign the petition: Petition to Deny Long Bar Pointe - Aqua by the Bay
  • Karen Orofino
    signed 2018-10-02 07:19:07 -0400
  • James Henshaw
    signed 2018-10-01 20:27:23 -0400
  • Charlotte Mansur
    signed 2018-10-01 12:59:25 -0400
  • Paula Quirk
    signed 2018-10-01 12:46:06 -0400
  • Penny Thomas
    signed 2018-10-01 12:19:19 -0400
    Penny Thomas
  • Susan Curry
    signed via 2018-10-01 11:57:24 -0400
    Greedy, shortsighted, destructive to what makes the West coast of Florida unique. Benefits a few hurts many .
  • Donna Shannon
    signed 2018-10-01 11:40:22 -0400
  • Dorothy Agen
    signed via 2018-10-01 10:46:17 -0400
  • Randal Cooper
    signed via 2018-10-01 10:40:28 -0400
  • Charles Church
    signed 2018-10-01 10:35:13 -0400
  • Carol Alt
    signed via 2018-10-01 10:32:33 -0400
  • Frank Kaphan
    signed 2018-10-01 09:34:47 -0400
    We have existing zoning and building codes that should be enforced as they are written. What’s the point in having laws if exeptions are given regularly that only serve to increase the profits going into the pockets of developers and decrease the quality of life for all residents.
  • Arla Carter
    signed via 2018-10-01 09:25:50 -0400
    Arla Carter
  • richard cochran
    signed via 2018-10-01 08:59:16 -0400
  • Jean Ford
    signed 2018-09-30 20:26:57 -0400
  • Crestie Smith
    signed 2018-09-30 18:54:29 -0400
  • Rickey Graves
    signed 2018-09-30 18:37:45 -0400
  • Rosalee Moore
    signed 2018-09-30 17:21:40 -0400
  • Mark Hoagland
    signed 2018-09-30 17:12:59 -0400
    The people living on the east edge of the bay in high season cannot reach the bay now. These builders shouldn’t be selling access to the beaches and islands or the beautiful waters soon to be polluted.
  • Leslie McGrath
    signed via 2018-09-30 15:47:35 -0400
  • Mona McGrath
    signed 2018-09-30 15:01:02 -0400
    Reasonable plans have been approved. Please consider the environment and the negative impact any change to the plans would have.
  • Jean Sackett
    signed 2018-09-30 14:52:15 -0400
    Stop this building and dredging !
  • Margie Mundy
    signed 2018-09-30 14:48:56 -0400
    Do not allow this development
  • Darlene Oliver
    signed 2018-09-30 14:37:59 -0400
  • David Kaiser
    signed 2018-09-30 13:56:05 -0400
  • Gail Schwartz
    signed 2018-09-30 13:44:00 -0400

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