Changes made to proposed Long Bar Pointe project

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MANATEE COUNTY-- The developer of the proposed Long Bar Pointe project is no longer seeking a change to the area's land use classification.

In a letter sent to Manatee County staff members, a lawyer representing Medallion Home, stated the company would not ask for the change. If approved by commissioner's, the plan would have allowed for the developer to build a convention center, hotel, shops and offices on the 500 plus acres of land.

Instead, Carlos Beruff, of Medallion homes, will proceed with building thousands of homes and condos at the site off of El Conquistador Parkway. The land is zoned for residential use.

Today's development is a small victory to many who have been opposing the project for over a year. Opponents have claimed the plan would be detrimental for Sarasota Bay and wildlife in the area.

"The public support has been overwhelmingly against this project. It has been real nice to see the interest in this, but this is not a time to let down the guard," said Glenn Compton with the environmental group, Manasota-88.

Compton says he will continue to keep an eye on the potential development of the residential units.

"Any type of development that is proposed there, we are going to have concerns about the impact it will have on the environment," said Compton.

In response to the news, a county forum scheduled for January 23rd has been canceled.

Mr. Beruff did not return our phone calls seeking comment.