Michael Gallen, Robin DiSabatino, and Terri Wonder should send Mr. Carlos Beruff and Mr. Larry Lieberman thank you notes for their ill-timed lawsuit against the county that seeks to resurrect their Miami-like plans for Long Bar Pointe.
If anyone was lulled into thinking that our thousand-person attendance had put that monster to rest, the cold reality of the developers' plan to fully exploit every inch of that fragile peninsula clings to life at great cost to its neighbors.
We need to remember that Robin DiSabatino and Michael Gallen consistently stood fast against the developers' many attempts to gain unfair advantage, including the application for the Urban Services exemption.
Terry Wonder has been waging a surprisingly effective David vs. Goliath contest for commissioner-at-large to give the underrepresented current residents another voice against overdevelopment.
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If anyone has forgotten, the plans that were unveiled for Long Bar Pointe last year included a 260-boat slip marina, a 300-room hotel, a 90,000-square-foot convention center, hundreds of thousands of feet of office and retail space as well as more than 3,500 residences.
We have a chance to make our voices heard at the primary election this month and in the November general election. This year may be our last best chance at representative government in Manatee County.