RECOMMENDATION - Based on the information provided in the Manatee County Plan Amendment Summary, CCA Florida believes that the project will cause major damage to marine habitat in the immediate area; therefore we oppose the proposed Plan Amendment for the Long Bar Pointe project.
COMMENTS AND REASONS FOR OPPOSITION
The Long Pointe Bar, LLP development already had approved 1,086 single family homes and 2,531 Multi-family homes in 2006. The Plan amendment would add a 300 room hotel, a 300 berth marina, 72,000 square feet of office space, 120,000 square feet of commercial space, and a 84,000 square foot conference center. All of the development would be on 463.2 acres. The County memo indicates that 294.7 acres are in the Coastal High Hazard Zone.
The County document states that "no development details" have been submitted with the map amendment and the details will be reviewed in the later stages of the review process."
This shoreline is one of the last undeveloped shorelines in the area with vast mangroves and sea grasses. Details about the marina construction and location are not included. Two options are possible. One would be to dredge a canal through the shallow waters, sea grasses and mangroves to an upland dug out basin. Another would be to construct piers extending outward from the shoreline. Substantial dredging would be needed in any case. The amount of dredging in either case would be highly damaging to the mangroves and seagrasses. This special marine habitat formed by the mangroves, seagrasses, oysters and other species are essential habitat for snook, redfish, seatrout, juvenile snapper and grouper as well as countless aquatic animals.
The next public hearing on the project is on August 6, 2013. The hearing was changed from the County Commission Chambers to accommodate the expected large crowd in opposition to the project.
The applicant already has a large project previously approved. The major additions included in the amendment, especially the 300 berth marina will have a significant adverse impact on the marine environment. CCA Florida opposes the approval of the Plan amendment by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.
Voice your opposition at the upcoming Manatee County Commission Meeting
August 6, 2013 - 1:30 PM - Bradenton Area Convention Center