Well, we knew this was a done deal when the political mover and shaker, Pat Neal, showed up. He sends his son, John Neal, when things are not going his way.
What a statement Pat Neal made in telling a judge that the judge failed to understand Florida law on mitigation. Who the heck is this guy? The judge looked at it from the environmental impact and overlooked the "good ole boy" network that has a stranglehold on local and now state politicians. One hand washes the other and now Mr. Neal, you owe Carlos Beruff and the gang that couldn't shoot straight.
By allowing this debacle to take place, the City of Bradenton and Manatee County are setting a precedent for future high-rolling developers to follow the Neal path to destruction of coastal wetlands. Beruff will be back reinventing his blocked Long Bar Pointe devastation of the shoreline with the backing of Neal. What goes around comes around.
It is difficult for the average person to visualize a 10,000-square-foot home, but four of them? No one denies this guy the right to spend his money, but do it the right way for the environment. Everything this guy touches in Northwest Bradenton creates a huge backlash. Go east and keep going, Mr. Neal.
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Frustrated? Yes! But remember that it is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog.