Manatee County commissioners at whim of developers on Long Bar Pointe?

June 29, 2013 

I have a question. Why was the Board of County Commissioners agenda item PA-13-03 called the "Long Bar Map Amendment?" That is a little ambiguous, don't you think?

Why not, "Long Bar Pointe Zoning Change" or something that a little more descriptive about what was actually going to be considered?

It makes one wonder is someone was trying to cloak what this item was all about. Who names these agenda items anyway?

And, while we are on the subject, what about PA-13-06, "County Wide Text Amendment?"

I'll bet if you asked 100 people what that meant not one of them would guess that it had anything to do with changing the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan and that it has the "potential to allow exceptions to water quality, coastal marine resources, existing wetland systems, and land use, thereby creating inconsistencies with the goals and policies of the State Comprehensive Plan and could be found to adversely impact important State resources."

Maybe the agenda item should have read, "Change the Comprehensive Plan to suit the whim of developers." That would better describe it.

And why was this item even on the agenda when the county staff recommended denial? What is going on here? Why did the Planning Commission vote 6-1 in favor of transmittal? Why even have the staff if you are going to ignore their recommendations?

It makes one wonder who the county government is working for! It does not appear that they are looking out for the best interest of the citizens of Manatee County.

If you would like to let the board members know you oppose these two amendments, you may sign the on-line petition

Edward Goff


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