A long day for sure and being of the last to speak I can assure I had heard everybody's concerns. The Long Bar Pointe marina was an issue and thankfully Carlos Beruff and his group came to terms that it would never come to be. The Sarasota Bay will be preserved for generations to come.
Think about mixed use that all the huff was about. I don't know about anyone else but when I was growing up, we had our milk delivered and a vegetable stand, butcher, pastry shop, and food store were all within walking distance.
Mr. Beruff could have thrown in the hat and just developed what had already approved, hundreds of rubber-stamped homes in a gated community -- boring! And traffic jams and more ho-hum living.
What Mr. Beruff brought to the table instead was a world-class architectural firm that specializes in intentional communities, the likes of which Manatee County has never seen before. Gonzalo Echeverria Halley-Harris of Looney Ricks Kiss is lead architect in the world renowned Celebration community (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oko7qh7m0fc) and the Long Bar project has overtones of Seaside community as well (https://www.facebook.com/Seaside). This community is blessed to have such a firm designing this project.
The county will benefit from hundreds of thousands of dollars generated by the hotel in tourist development tax. Developers and architects from around the world will come to Manatee County and learn first-hand of this new sustainable project brought forward by this developer. It is a win-win for the citizens of Manatee County, and my hat's off for the passage of this plan.