Petitions and protesters active as Long Bar Pointe vote looms

Petitions, protesters active in shadow of looming vote

cschelle@bradenton.comJuly 31, 2013 

MANATEE -- Manatee County residents opposing comprehensive plan amendments for a new version of Long Bar Pointe are making their voices heard in the days before the County Commission hearing Aug. 6.

Protesters lined 75th Street Tuesday afternoon to get the attention of passing motorists, and another group will take to the steps of the Manatee County Government building at 3 p.m. Thursday to unveil 1,000 of 5,000 signatures on a petition to Save the Manatee Coastline. The groups identify themselves as members of Bay Life Preservers and Save Our Manatee Coastline, according to Ed Goff, a Bradenton resident helping lead the effort against the development.

The petition asks the commissioners to vote against the proposed map amendment to rezone the Long Bar Pointe property from residential-9 to mixed use, and the text amendment that would open up development in sensitive environmental areas along Sarasota and Tampa bays.

If the amendments are approved, it opens the door for developers Carlos Beruff and Larry Leiberman to submit a site plan for a marina/boat basin, five-star hotel, high rise condos, homes with docks, retail and more, while also dredging a channel through seagrass and cutting and trimming mangroves.

The commission is scheduled to consider the Long Bar Pointe-related items at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

Leiberman and Beruff could not be reached late Tuesday for comment.

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