I have finally received notification from the City of Bradenton regarding the long planned and often changed Old Manatee neighborhood development. It is understood that only residents within 300 feet of the proposed project are notified by mail of the Aug. 19 city Planning Commission meeting. The general public is notified via a legal notice which was published in the Bradenton Herald on Aug. 10, and posted in front of Glazer Gates Park on Aug. 7.
What the legal notice does not say outright is the fact that Glazer Gates Park, currently located and enjoyed by many on Manatee Avenue East, will be "amended" to an Urban Village designation from its current status of Recreational/Open Space. There is no provision to relocate the park.
Additionally, the current owner/developers are having this public meeting to confirm the giveaways previously performed by the city to a previous (now bankrupt) developer.
The park belongs to every resident of Manatee County. The maintenance and improvements have been and continue to be paid for with tax dollars.
If you or your child, children or grandchildren have ever played there, if you barbecued or celebrated a birthday or holiday beneath the giant majestic grandfather oaks, I suggest you visit again, and soon.
The city has long ago promised this prime property with state road frontage to the next developer with the understanding there will be commercial development permitted and even encouraged.
Your memories will first be reduced to mulch, including the memorial trees planted over the years, and it soon will become yet another concrete canyon accented with asphalt.
Parks do not pay taxes, developments do. And developers donate generously to the political campaigns of lifetime politicians in exchange for favor. Citizens who expect to enjoy a local neighborhood park are asking too much and paying nothing.
To attend, call 941-932-9400.