I think the big question is, if it's legal, is it right? There seems to be a huge gulf between those two ideas when Manatee County looks at development.
Yes, the Long Bar Pointe property is legally owned and therefore can be developed. But, is it right? Is it morally and ethically right?
Is it right to develop an ecologically sensitive land that historically and today feeds our commercial fishing industry, tourism and the health of Sarasota Bay? Is it right to pack more people in a Coastal High Hazard Zone that when evacuation is necessary, could kill those that live there?
Is it right for them to infill, causing a catastrophic change in storm surge that will alter our coast line and impact those who have lived within its means for years?
Is it right that Medallion Home has three properties in East Manatee that appear to be wastelands? We have paid for the infrastructure in our taxes yet the developments are overgrown and undeveloped.
There is no NIMBY in this fight. It's a question of fear. Politicians are fearful of getting sued if the letter of the law is not followed. Organizations that would speak out against this do not, because funding could be impacted. The coterie of power uses an Urban Land Institute study in any way to make their developers happy.
How about a land swap? Would Carlos Beruff's Cargor LLC entertain county brownfield designations desperate for redevelopment in exchange for Long Bar Pointe? The infrastructure is already in place. Have the county commissioners suggested that possibility?
What about working toward designating Long Bar Pointe as federally protected waters? Is it being examined, discussed or researched?
We, as taxpayers must speak up. Urge the commissioners to find a way to acquire Long Bar Pointe and preserve it.