The historic city park to be given to developer to build three-story walk-up rental apartments?
Early next month Bradenton city planners and councilmen will finalize and apparently approve a land swap with a developer. Glazier Gates Park, with its century old live oaks and long frontage on Manatee Avenue, will be bulldozed and built on for private profit.
For this the citizens of Bradenton will get a smaller parcel and a retention pond for the apartment runoff. We also get to pay for the remaking of the new park. The new park is placed to benefit the rental apartments, not the citizens of Bradenton. Developers have the right to build and make lots of money, but not at taxpayers' expense.
The proposed project is 1,000 yards from downtown Bradenton and is next to city-owned waterfront. City planners and councilmen have a chance to do something good here.
This is not it, but could be. A much better park land swap would be for the land east of 12th Street East, between Second Avenue East and the Manatee River.
The new Glazer Gates park would then be next to Indian Spring Park, the exact spot where Manatee County started in 1841.
This looks like the "Iran Deal." The developers get everything, we get nothing. City councilmen have the choice to line the pockets of developers or do what's best for the citizens of Bradenton.
This project will have long-lasting consequences for Bradenton and Manatee County. City council is hoping to quietly approve this deal with little taxpayer notice. They will likely activate the plan after a Sept. 9 first reading and public hearing and second reading on Sept. 23.
This can be stopped or changed with enough public outcry.
No deal is better than a bad deal!