Manatee Tiger Bay's Long Bar program should be balanced in speakers

August 22, 2013 

Ed Vogler, attorney for the Longbar Pointe developers, center, and developers Larry Lieberman, left, and Carlos Beruff listen as commissioners discuss the proposed changes to the county's comprehensive plan Tuesday at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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To the citizens of Manatee County: The Tiger Bay Club of Manatee Bay is an august group of people that gather to learn more about local issues. It includes the movers and shakers of the community as well as people interested in the topics proposed.

Their website describes them as a nonpartisan organization formed to present exciting, stimulating and thought-provoking programs. Topics range from but not limited to political, social, local, state or national issues. So we think of nonpartisan, as in not having an opinion and not aligned with a political group, nor having an agenda.

There will be three presenters at the Sept. 5 meeting on Long Bar Pointe. A developer, one scientist, and a former commissioner who cares about our county and is working to protect its coastline. The numbers are lopsided and former Manatee County commissioner Jane Von Hahmann should be allowed to have a true scientist of her choosing added to the panel. We see how nonpartisan the Tiger Bay Club really is.

Please sign up to attend this meeting at: www.manateetigerbay.org.

Be vigilant. Our future environmental health is at stake.

Holly Clouse

Bradenton

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