This is the story of two developers who break the rules for their personal profit, Pat Neil and Carlos Beruff.
Corruption continues at an astounding pace in Florida, in our state agencies and in our water management districts.
As does the construction, as seen at the end of the article.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-
Appeal of Neal’s Swiftmud Permit for Perico Wetland Destruction to be Livestreamed Thursday
Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017
BRADENTON — On Thursday, the 5th District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach will hear oral arguments on a consortium of local environmentalists’ appeal of a permit that would allow the destruction of wetlands in order to facilitate the development desires of a politically-connected builder. The hearing will be livestreamed over the DCA’s website.
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Manasota 88, Sierra Club and TBT Publisher Joe McClash are asking the four-judge panel to reverse a Southwest Florida Water Management District order that awarded developer Pat Neal a controversial permit to destroy mangroves and build on the coastal wetlands of Perico Island.
In 2015, the Swiftmud board rejected an administrative law judge’s recommended order before approving the permit. The appeal claims the board improperly changed findings of fact made by the administrative law judge when granting the permit.
The decision was made even more controversial because it was led by then Swiftmud board member Carlos Beruff, a fellow developer and sometimes business partner of Neal’s. Neal wants to build a four-home compound on three and a half waterfront acres of a 40-acre parcel he owns on Anna Maria Sound that does not comply with City of Bradenton development rules or state guidelines on wetlands.
Perhaps more troubling, work has begun on the area in question (see pictures below), despite not only the Swiftmud appeal, but a pending suit by Suncoast Waterkeeper against the City of Bradenton for not following its own rules in approving the project. Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who must also issue a permit, has not yet weighed in.