On June 20, 2019, a public hearing was held with our Manatee County Commissioners to discuss ADU’s for Manatee County.  ADU’s are one way Manatee County is trying to address the lack of affordable housing in our area.  As we’ve discussed in our meetings, newsletters, and emails, the vast majority of you are opposed to ADU’s in our neighborhood for a myriad of reasons including size, parking, flooding, short-term rentals, lack of code enforcement and much more.

You showed up and they listened!  Thank you to all the WBMA members that showed up for the County Commissioners Meeting.  We had approximately 50+ people in attendance and had over 290 ballots turned in that opposed the ADU’s.

Our County Commissioner, Misty Servia, led the charge voicing many concerns regarding ADU’s and after much discussion and debate the day ended with Stephen Jonsson (Chair) saying “We need to do a lot more work and keep the people informed”.  A motion was made to “Take no action and go back to staff to hold a future board work session on the suggested revisions from today”.

This is a great example of what can happen when our association gets together with a common message and takes action.  Thanks for showing up and voicing your concerns!  We’ll continue to keep you informed as we get additional information.

I hope to see you at the July Meeting!

Bill Espy

Read the Herald Tribune Article Here