It is amazing how the word "land" can create a firestorm of reaction -- especially when the terms "use" or "management" accompany it.
The current "Notice of Land Use Change" in Manatee County has generated controversy that will be brought before the county commission on June 6.
Despite six pages of recommendations to deny amendments to the county's Comprehensive Plan by the Planning Commission staff, the amendments suggested by developers were passed by the commission on May 23.
These changes would not only affect Long Bar Pointe, but would likewise apply to other areas of Manatee County that need to be protected.
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We are moving literally into dangerous waters, and the public needs to be made aware of this possible course of action and present their concerns to their elected officials.
The Manatee County Commission instead would be well advised to direct its attention to the efforts of Florida's Land and Water Legacy Campaign, which aims to preserve funding for Florida Forever through the doc stamp tax revenue that has recently been diverted to projects other land conservation and management.
The organization's proposed constitutional amendment would guarantee for 20 years the acquisition, restoration, improvement and management of land and water resources throughout the state. The land use change proposed in Manatee County is clearly out of line with the needs of the rest of Florida.
Carol Ann Breyer