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

Guenther Woehlert
Joe Egolf
Wenda Ferraioli
Troy Burrell
Barbara Boudreau
Jill Nemeth
Jorge Hernandez
Betty Eiffert
Amy Tripp
Charlene Gallagher
John McCartney
Melissa Mauriello
Karen Deimling
Victoria Beck
Diane Woodrow
Alison Van Wormer
Marilyn Fielder
Charles Faulkner
Debbie Hutchinson
Joshua Tiernan O'Rourke
Janice Ely
Marla Huber
Sheri Durant
Debra Deroso
Rebecca Holborn
Deb Massaro
Darleen Peteritis
judy brooks
Eva Oglander
1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Guenther Woehlert
    signed 2018-09-30 12:29:29 -0400
    Guenther Woehlert
  • Joe Egolf
    signed 2018-09-30 12:05:33 -0400
    Joe H Egolf
  • Wenda Ferraioli
    signed 2018-09-30 12:03:05 -0400
  • Kurt
    signed 2018-09-30 11:03:39 -0400
  • Troy Burrell
    signed 2018-09-30 07:12:02 -0400
  • Barbara Boudreau
    signed 2018-09-29 22:36:40 -0400
  • Jill Nemeth
    signed 2018-09-29 21:00:13 -0400
  • Jorge Hernandez
    signed 2018-09-29 18:46:47 -0400
  • Betty Eiffert
    signed 2018-09-29 18:26:22 -0400
    Betty Eiffert
  • Amy Tripp
    signed 2018-09-29 16:14:44 -0400
    Please, no more development along our fragile coast! Yes, Red Tide is a natural occurrence But, man made pollutants have made this years outbreak so much worse. Density=Damage.

  • Charlene Gallagher
    signed 2018-09-29 13:34:34 -0400
    Charlene Gallagher
  • John McCartney
    signed 2018-09-29 13:09:47 -0400
    Aside from representing a blatant return to the old days of runaway greed by unchecked developers who orchestrate political goodwill to so capriciously substitute our natural resources and habitats for their excessive building, this project also defies an already unsafe condition of overbuilding and gridlocked road systems. It seems that the only grand plan is to turn planners and commissioners into cheerleaders while the rest of us watch in disbelief.

    John McCartney
  • Melissa Mauriello
    signed 2018-09-29 12:27:11 -0400
  • Karen Deimling
    signed 2018-09-29 12:03:22 -0400
    Do NOT destroy our natural environment. We have so little of it left. Big money will be taking over.
  • Victoria Beck
    signed 2018-09-29 06:22:15 -0400
  • Diane Woodrow
    signed 2018-09-28 18:25:46 -0400
  • Alison Van Wormer
    signed 2018-09-28 17:21:58 -0400
    Alison Van Wormer
  • Marilyn Fielder
    signed 2018-09-28 16:26:11 -0400
  • Charles Faulkner
    signed 2018-09-28 14:48:16 -0400
  • Debbie Hutchinson
    signed 2018-09-23 11:13:32 -0400
  • Joshua Tiernan O'Rourke
    signed 2018-08-29 14:05:01 -0400
  • Janice Ely
    signed 2018-08-22 11:01:58 -0400
  • Marla Huber
    signed 2018-08-22 00:34:12 -0400
  • Sheri Durant
    signed 2018-08-21 23:59:42 -0400
    Sheri Durant
  • Debra Deroso
    signed 2018-08-21 18:59:25 -0400
  • Rebecca Holborn
    signed 2018-08-21 18:14:47 -0400
  • Deb Massaro
    signed 2018-08-21 17:21:35 -0400
  • Darleen Peteritis
    signed 2018-08-21 17:05:34 -0400
    Stop destroying our state!!
  • judy brooks
    signed 2018-08-21 16:55:42 -0400
  • Eva Oglander
    signed 2018-08-21 16:49:10 -0400

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