MANATEE -- The Manatee County Attorney's Office is expected to recommend Tuesday for the Manatee County Commission to stand by its decision last year involving development plans at Long Bar Pointe.
County attorneys are advocating a written settlement offer that does not give any concessions or compromises to developers of the southwest county property overlooking Sarasota Bay, according to county documents.
The settlement offer declares the board position: "No changes to the action of the government entity."
An accompanying statement setting allowable uses indicates county Comprehensive Plan policies do not inordinately burden the developer's property, wrote County Attorney Mickey Palmer.
Developers of Long Bar Pointe are attempting to reverse a decision by the Manatee County Commission that effectively killed their waterfront vision for the 463.2-acre property.
In August, Medallion Home President Carlos Beruff and Barrington Group's Larry Lieberman hired eminent domain expert attorney S. William Moore to serve the county with a Bert J. Harris Private Property Rights Protection Act claim.
The claim came right before the one-year anniversary of a marathon Long Bar Pointe public hearing at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, where more than 1,000 people starting showing up at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 2013, many to oppose two Comprehensive Plan amendments. The meeting stopped just before 2 a.m. Aug. 7.
The commission decision, Moore claimed, caused a property loss of $18 million in fair-market value.
"On the face of the above-listed Comprehensive Plan Policies, the landowners-applicant is clearly denied its common law riparian rights, historically associated with coastal lands in private ownership," Moore wrote.
If the county did not agree to begin the process to reconsider, developers would seek a formal settlement offer from the county, he wrote.
The documents commissioners will consider constitute the county response.
Herald business reporter Charles Schelle contributed to this report.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.