Where have all the mangroves gone?
I am writing in response to an article that appeared in this paper several weeks ago. I have looked for rebuttal letters but to date, nothing.
The article was about a proposed plan to build a family compound. The builder in question, Mr. Pat Neal, stated that his intent was to plow up an acre of mangroves and back-fill these wetlands that borders the Gulf.
This is a high-hazard flood zone that would require many truckloads of fill to basically try and dry out these wetlands.
Comp plan? No one wants to deny the man the vision he projects, but pick a spot that makes sense. Dry land would be a good start. Money appears to be secondary and the "I can do what I want" attitude is par for the course.
What I fear here is coastline and wetlands destruction and setting a precedent for future builders. How is this different from the Long Bar Pointe proposal that initially entertained the destruction of mangroves on Sarasota Bay? This may be a ploy that if you approve the Neal project, where is the difference in the Long Bar Pointe plan?
My intent is not to be mean spirited. I merely question the legality of approving a disaster in the making. The comp plan in place should be followed. Amendments to this plan should be approved by the taxpayer and not a builder-influenced Bradenton city council.
This builder owns property all over Manatee County, yet he chooses to push the envelope on a controversial land use issue. Do we have anyone in government that oversees environmental preservation?