It’s one of the last large pieces of undeveloped coastline in Manatee County and a growing number of people are determined it stays that way.
Dozens of protestors staging from Cortez boarded vessels of all sizes July 19 to form a “boat brigade” that cruised across the Sarasota Bay to Long Bar Pointe, a proposed development site that will encompass more than 400 acres of housing, stores, boat slips and a hotel.
Protestors also gathered landside at the proposed development at the 75th Street-53rd Avenue roundabout in unincorporated Manatee County.
The development would mean losing some of the mangroves and seagrass in the area that protestors say would destroy a valuable breeding ground for fish and wildlife. Some protestors have said the development would be the death of Sarasota Bay.
Opposition to the development continues to grow and the Manatee County Board of Commissioners have a land-use special meeting scheduled Aug. 6 to address the development plans — and a proposed amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan — being proposed by the developer, Carlos Beruff.
Because a large crowd is expected, commissioners have scheduled the meeting to take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, at the Bradenton Area Civic Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
The meeting is scheduled for the entire day with a noon-1:30 p.m. lunch break.