Public hearing could change Manatee County's vision for the future

Herald Staff WritersAugust 4, 2013 

The Bradenton Herald is taking a closer look at the players involved on all sides of the proposed Long Bar Pointe project before Tuesday's public hearing on amendments to the county's comprehensive plan, which could change the county's vision for its future.

Commissioners will consider two items up for a vote Tuesday:

• A map amendment request to change the future land use map category from Residential-9 to Mixed Use for the 463.2 acres now known as Long Bar Pointe, which is located between Sarasota Bay, El Conquistador Parkway, 75th Street and Champions Row Street.

• A text amendment to the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan's coastal and conservation elements that, if approved, will allow "large, innovative mixed use" development on land 200 acres or larger located on a coastal line adjacent to navigable waterways and arterial roadways.

The Manatee County Commission is expecting such a large turnout that the hearing will be held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, starting at 1:30 p.m.

The commission might also take a 30-minute dinner break at 5:30 p.m., if the meeting runs long.

Developers Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieberman have proposed a waterside resort featuring a five-star hotel, conference center, condos, apartments, single-family homes, a marina/boast basin, docks, boardwalks and retail/office space.

In this ongoing series, the Herald examines the developers' history in Manatee County; the relationships of the county commissioners with the developers; concerns raised by the Audubon Society for birding tourism, echoing other environmentalists; and what the commission will be considering Tuesday.

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