In the late 1980s, myself and others volunteered to be on the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan. We (approximately 20 people) were supposed to be some kind of experts in our field or were concerned with the natural resources of Manatee County.
We would meet every couple of weeks for a few years, if I remember, and the plan was to provide the county with some guidelines for future development that would allow green space connections between properties as one example.
Another project of the group was to recommend homes per acre on developments.
Almost 30 years later, our work seems to have been of no avail, and I would have been better off going fishing. Every day it seems that the paper is telling of another "giant" development being approved.
Most of our county commissioners are pro-development with little concern for the natural state of this county.
I really wonder who is getting paid off. I'm a staunch conservative Republican, which says that even we can care about our natural surroundings.
Is anybody really concerned or are we to become a small version of New York city?
I'm not for prohibiting development; rather, density and type of housing per acre with lots of connecting green space is my concern. Thank you.