MANATEE — Opponents of the Long Bar Pointe development said they’re planning a protest “boat-in,” have petitions circulating, and will invite a crowd Aug. 6, when the Manatee County Commission reviews the proposal.
“The thing that amazes me about the opposition is the diversity of the group,” said Terri K. Wonder, an organizer of a meeting Tuesday, where about 30 people turned up to hear about the proposal and comprehensive plan changes that could allow it along a stretch of Sarasota Bay in the southwest section of the county.
“Even people without boats are concerned about the proposal,” said Wonder, who did a presentation about the project at the Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center.
“This should be denied, period,” said Brian K. Costello during the meeting.
Berrington Group’s Larry Lieberman and Medallion Home’s Carlos Beruff are partnering to receive county approval to turn Long Bar Pointe into a coastal resort.
The sweeping proposal requires zoning changes and altered environmental regulations countywide.
It calls for 1,086 single-family homes, 1,687 low-rise multi-family homes, 844 high-rise multi-family homes, a 300-room hotel, a 300-berth marina and canal, two 36,000-square-foot offices, a 60,000-square-foot shopping center, 60,000-square-foot specialty retail and an 84,000-square-foot conference center.
The 463-acre site overlooks Sarasota Bay and parallels El Conquistador Parkway in the area where 75th Street West intersects with 53rd Avenue West. It’s one of the last remaining pieces of undeveloped waterfront real estate in Manatee County.