Video made at the Celery Fields by Mark Vance
|Entry for the Celery Fields in the Florida Great Birding Trail guide|
|County Map shows Apex/Palmer quadrant as part of Celery Fields - total compatibility.|
"None of the almost 120 Restaurant Depots it's constructed in the United States (including 11 it is currently operating in other Florida communities) have ever been the subject of a development approval request receiving such negative public attention, especially without a legal, or even reasonable, basis." he wrote.
"Bottom line, our County Administrator, the Planning Board and the County Commission have failed the community," she wrote. "They continue to ignore Sarasota's Zoning mission statement that: Zoning's fundamental purpose is to protect a community's health, safety and welfare ... and we have county officials who are more than willing to ignore community concerns."
Last week, the 5th District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in an appeal filed by a group of local environmentalists to a permit issued by our local water management board. The permit would allow the destruction of wetlands on Perico Island in order to facilitate politically-connected developer Pat Neal's desire to build homes on the land.
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Manasota 88, Sierra Club and TBT Publisher Joe McClash are asking the court to reverse a Southwest Florida Water Management District order that awarded Neal a controversial permit to destroy mangroves and build on the coastal wetlands of this critical area that lies in the bay waters between Anna Maria Island and the mainland of northwest Manatee County.
Carlos Beruff. But it should have never even gotten that far. The City of Bradenton clearly violated its own rules in giving approval for the development request, as well as state guidelines on wetlands. The city basically ignored the conservation groups that pointed this out and, in addition to the Swiftmud appeal, there is a pending suit by Suncoast Waterkeeper that challenges the city's approval. Despite the disputes and the fact that the ACOE has yet to weigh in, Neal has begun clearing on the site. Read more...
An administrative law judge in 2012 disagreed with DEP after it issued a notice of intent to permit the Highlands Ranch wetlands mitigation bank in Clay County.
Bersok had written a memo objecting to a draft proposed permit and argued that fewer development credits were deserved.
Shortly thereafter, she was suspended with pay but later was cleared of work violations by a department investigation. Read more . . .
"...Phase III of the project, construction of a state-of-the-art boathouse, timing towers, grandstands and other amenities, will be funded by SANCA and corporate support..."
'....When you look at the money that we've gotten from the State of Florida, from Sarasota County and Manatee County over the years...$5 million will complete our boathouse. We have raised about $15 million in private money, and through the foundation we will continue to fund it.....'
|Rowing Park March 21, 2017|
"SANCA and Benderson Development CCC shall have no obligation for these capital improvements."
The Boathouse, also designed by Guy Peterson, will be located on the south end of Regatta Island, opening out into the widest expanse of Nathan Benderson Park Lake. It will consist of two stories. The Boathouse will feature a variety of rowing and boating bays, supplemented by fitness facilities, dressing rooms, offices and more. The boathouse will commence construction in late 2015 and will be opened prior to the World Rowing Championships in 2017.
This letter from Adrien Lucas went to several federal and state environmental agencies. This was one that went to US Fish and Wildlife.
|Celery Fields from the hill|
|Phillippi Creek, Sarasota County|
|Caracara - a species of concern - Chuck Behrmann, Celery Fields|
To: al maio <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Commissioner Hines <email@example.com>, Mike Moran <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Nancy Detert <email@example.com>, Paul Caragiulo <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
Hello Commissioners and County Administrator Harmer,I find this op-ed an interesting read considering what the county is trying to introduce into the "view" of Celery Field visitors and homeowners who live near Our Celery Field.There is no way that the county is meeting Sarasota's Zoning mission statement which is "Zoning's Fundamental Purpose is to Protect a Community's Health, Safety and Welfare.To have additional "ugly" folded into the view from Celery Mountain like Gabbert's proposed dump or maybe a Restaurant Depot is absolutely heart breaking. Where is the vision for our county? Are we that small in our thinking that green space is an affront to county government planning?We expect better from you.
Remaining hopeful you will all follow the zoning mission statement and support your voters demands (that are growing) to cease all sales of surplus lands surrounding Our Celery Field, it's yours too, why not join us?Respectfully,Adrien Lucas
"I tried watching the rowers from the west side of the lake looking east. It lasted about 10 seconds because my eyes were immediately drawn to all of the traffic constantly rushing past on I-75. C'mon, who doesn't love watching big semis at a public park? Extending a buffer wall between the interstate and the park does not make it any better, either.cc: Celery Field Advocates, Social Media Contacts and Interested Friends