Hello, Mr. Carlos Beruff, so nice you've reminded us of last August when multitudes stood against your grand scheme to gut our protections for wetlands, bays and lowlands prone to hurricane destruction in order that you could make much money developing Long Bar Pointe.
You've been active! We recall your comment that regional planning councils should be disbanded. Our Tampa Bay one was the only reviewing agency that had the nerve to suggest there could be problems with your Long Bar proposal.
Can you convince us your sentiment wasn't fostered by a "payback" impulse?
Your attempt to get the state Legislature to exempt quasi-semi-urbanized counties like Manatee from review procedures for "Developments of Regional Impact" could have left the people across county lines victim to the effects of incompatible planning across their border ... though it would have helped you. You briefly skirmished over an "Urban Service Area" designation.
Many remember your assertion that water management districts exist to facilitate development. Apparently, adequate and reliable water quantity and quality for the public and the environment is subservient.
Now comes your request for compromise and threat of lawsuit over the Long Bar denial. It requires a new decision, apparently without public participation.
What could result? We commoners won't know until it's a "done deal" ... or it goes to court.
The county attorney cautions commissioners to avoid the topic. County growth is sure to be an important question in voters' minds this fall.
Mr. Beruff, you may think muzzling the incumbents will remove Long Bar or growth policy in general as an election issue. Nonsense! You don't take the public's freedom away that easily, and you've riled us up more than ever.