To the taxpayers of Manatee County.
Coastal High Hazard designation:
1. Protect inlands from severe destruction in the case of a hurricane or other natural disaster.
2. Local governments comprehensive plans must restrict development activities where such activities would damage or destroy coastal resources and that such plans protect human life and limit public expenditures in areas that are subject to destruction by a natural disaster.
Long Bar Pointe has the Coastal High Hazard designation. Carlos Beruff of Medallion Homes, Gulf Coast LLC, Medallion Homes, Inc., Land Experts Inc., Tampa Bay Equity Fund LLC, and Trans-United Development Corporation Inc., is proposing a "destination" development that not only severely impacts Sarasota Bay but will also affect inland in the case of a hurricane or natural disaster.
It is the second point that I urge taxpayers to focus on because if we are pounded by a hurricane and or other natural disaster, it will be our tax dollars that will have to repair his infrastructure.
Essential Fish Habitat Designation as defined by NOAA:
1. It is the nursery for our inshore/near shore demersal fish such as the red drum, mangrove snapper, mullet, gulf flounder, herrings, anchovies and snook.
2. These species require access to unpolluted sea grass, mangroves and a salt marsh ecosystem to survive and reproduce.
Again, where Mr. Beruff is proposing to develop falls in that designation. His dredging, increase in water traffic and decline of our sea grasses and water quality violates this designation.
Intertidal waters of the state are held in public trust. One vision of one developer with many companies cannot and should not trump public good.
Let your commissioners know that Long Bar Pointe development must not be allowed to happen. Plan on attending the commissioner's meeting at the convention center 1 p.m. Aug. 6.