McClash Urges Donations for Neal/Beruff Permit Legal Fight During 2015 Giving ChallengeUpdate: Suncoast Waterkeeper had a great turnout for the Giving Challenge - here are the results.
The Bradenton Times
Friday, Aug 28, 2015
BRADENTON — Joined by several environmental groups, former Manatee County Commissioner and TBT publisher Joe McClash has led the fight against developer Pat Neal's proposed destruction of wetlands for development on Perico Island. Despite an administrative law judge's recommended order that the Southwest Florida Water Management District not approve the application, SWFMD's board voted to do so this week. McClash and his allies are asking other citizens to join the fight.
The ALJ recommendation had to go back to the water management district's board for a final vote. Led by fellow developer Carlos Beruff, the board ignored the judge's recommended order for denial and approved the permit. The only recourse is through the District Court of Appeals.
McClash is urging the community to donate Tuesday, September 1, starting at noon lasting 24 hours during the 2015 Giving Challenge. Every dollar up to $250 will be matched by the Patterson Foundation. There is a minimum donation of $25.
There will be $35,000 in prizes for nonprofits that cultivate the highest totals of new online donors, so every donation counts.
The Suncoast Waterkeeper organization participated in the legal fight and is a participating organization. This is a unique opportunity to have a donation matched, but it must be done during the 24 hours starting at noon on Tuesday, September 1. MORE . . .
2015 Giving Challenge Suncoast Water Keepers Noon Sept. 1 - Noon Sept. 2