Kudos to Charles Schelle, the Herald's business reporter, who just covered the proposed Long Bar Pointe development in southwest Manatee.
He detailed: 1. the requested changes by the developer and their severe impact on coastal Sarasota Bay; 2. the opposition by the staff of the county commission to "text amendment" changes from the developer; 3. support from IMG Academy, which also has expanded in the Pointe area; 4. opposition to the proposal from ManaSota-88 and the Sierra Club.
Before county commissioners vote this week on major changes to the county's comprehensive plan, each member should have to answer satisfactorily the questions of former Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, as reported by Schelle:
"Why would we want something that's inconsistent with our present comp plan and inconsistent with the state of Florida's comp plan? What is the overriding public interest?"