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.
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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?