13-story high rises here?
By a vote of 3-2 the Manatee County Planning Commission barely recommended approval for Aqua by the Bay on Thursday, but commissioners had many doubts.
The best thing you can do now is write a letter to the editor. The Bradenton Herald and Sarasota Herald-Tribune reach thousands of people in Manatee County.
The easiest way is to go to their websites.
Bradenton Herald: Go to Full Menu/Opinion/Submit a Letter. Herald-Tribune: Go to the bottom of the Home page and click Letter to the Editor under Submissions.
Almost 200 people have emailed commissioners objecting to the project.
If you haven't written yet, you have until firstname.lastname@example.org, when the County Commission meets. Please write to Commission Chair Betsy Benac atOur petition has more than 1,200 signatures. Thanks to all who signed. You can add your name at: https://www.ipetitions.
com/petition/Save-Longbar- Pointe-on-Sarasota-Bay.The big meeting isat the County Commission, which will have final say. If you can attend the meeting, please do. A big turnout matters, especially if you speak.
Carlos BeruffIf you want to speak, sign up for a speaker card outside the commission chambers. If you speak as an individual, you get three minutes.If you speak for an organization with five or more members, you get 10 minutes. You need to bring a letter signed by an officer of the organization.The meeting will be held at 1:30 pin the County Commission building, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205.Thank you for helping save Manatee County's last great place.Stuart Smith - for Manatee/Sarasota Sierra Club & Suncoast WaterkeeperPS - If you are an officer in a conservation or civic organization, please pass this email along to your membership.
The Herald-Tribune weighs in on Long Bar Pointe.